Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers is trimming the attorney general office’s budget by 4.75 percent, or more than $2.5 million, in an effort to balance Ohio’s general fund.

Gov. Ted Strickland ordered the same percentage budget cut for all the agencies and offices he controls, but Rogers has the final say on her office’s operations and decided to join in the belt-tightening.

“Attorney General Rogers has chosen to voluntarily make the 4.75 percent reduction to show support for the governor’s cost-cutting efforts,” says spokesman Jim Gravelle.

Details of where the savings will originate are still in the works, but Gravelle says no jobs will be lost. Rogers also committed to returning $5.4 million to the general fund that was collected through delinquent taxes, fees, litigation fines, settlements and other sources.

Strickland appointed Rogers, the dean of the Ohio State University law school, to fill the attorney general position after Marc Dann resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal involving top aides. Dann also admitted to an affair with a subordinate. Rogers will hold the attorney general position until the November election. Nancy Rogers

Bill Robinson, a member-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd’s Northern Kentucky office, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Bar Association Retirement Fund. The board is responsible for the investment and management of more than $4.5 billion in retirement funds for lawyers and law firms throughout the United States.

Sue Erhart and Rachael Rowe, partners at Keating Muething & Klekamp, were selected for Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber leadership programs. Erhart, a commercial litigator, was selected for WE Lead, a program that assists women on established career tracks gain the skills necessary to advance to higher levels. Rowe, a complex commercial and employment litigator, was selected for Leadership Cincinnati, a program that helps established business and community leaders hone their leadership skills and build networks of contacts.

Dinsmore & Shohl hired six new Cincinnati associates: Brandon James, Eliza Rechul-Stone andPaige Schweitzer in the Corporate Department; and Blake Nickles, Sarah Sparks and David Topmiller in the Litigation Department.

Jennifer Hageman, a partner with Ulmer & Berne, was selected to participate in the WE Lead program offered by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. She has extensive experience in defending complex litigation, including business and commercial litigation, employment litigation and product liability litigation.

Melissa Korfhage, an associate at Dinsmore & Shohl, was recently named a YWCA Rising Star, an award given to young professional women who pursue excellence in their careers. She is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group and focuses her practice on mass tort and toxic tort litigation.

An article written by Joe Parker, a Taft Stettinius and Hollister partner, was published in theABA Journal. The article, titled “Litigation Too Costly, E-Discovery a ‘Morass,’ Trial Lawyers Say,” summarizes the findings of a survey conducted by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease hired 17 new associates, including three in its Cincinnati office: David Braukman, J.B. Lind and Brianne Schwanitz.

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