Governor Ted Strickland just announced that he is appointing Nancy Rogers as Ohio’s new Attorney General.

Here’s her bio:

Professor Rogers became Dean in August 2001, after serving for two years as Vice Provost for Academic Administration for The Ohio State University. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Rogers received her bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 1969 and her law degree from Yale Law School in 1972. After law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Lambros in Cleveland and practiced law in the Glenville-area office of the Cleveland Legal Aid Society.

She began teaching at the Ohio State University College of Law in 1976. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College from 1992 to 1997. In 1995 she was appointed to an endowed professorship, as the Joseph S. Platt-Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law. In 1996, she received the College of Law Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Professor Award.” During the spring semester 2000, while on leave from Ohio State, she was Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In 2001 she was named the Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

She has taught and written primarily in the area of dispute resolution. Her co-authored treatise on mediation received the CPR Legal Program Book Prize in 1989 and her co-authored short text on mediation received the same national prize in 1987. She also has co-authored a leading law school textbook in dispute resolution, and articles.

For her scholarly and public service contributions in the field, she received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Ritter Award in 1998 for outstanding contributions to the administration of justice; the American Arbitration Association’s Whitney North Seymour, Sr. Medal in 1990 for outstanding contributions in the dispute resolution field; the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution’s Distinguished Service Recognition in 1990; the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution’s D’Alemberte-Raven Award in 2002 for outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of dispute resolution; and the Ohio State Bar Association’s Ohio Bar Medal in 2008.

Dean Rogers had a gubernatorial appointment as one of Ohio’s five commissioners on the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws from 1998 to 2005, and was Reporter for the Conference’s Uniform Mediation Law. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2001 to 2004, and 2006 to the present. She served on the planning committee for the ABA Seminar for New Law Deans from 2002 to 2007, chairing it for two years.

From 1993 to 2003, Dean Rogers served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, a Presidential appointment that requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

  • Good choice. It appears – for now at least – that her position as Dean will be filled on an interim basis allowing the possibility for her to return to Ohio State next year.

    Unless she decides to run in the election, of course.

  • J-Dog

    It appears that she has little real world law experience. I wish we could have had Subodh Chandra slide in or Richard Cordray slide over.

    I have heard she is not running. Do we have any idea who is? Maybe Marc Dann will run as an independent. Heh!

  • I’m not sure how they made their choice, but we can be sure that they wanted someone completely qualified for the job as a lawyer AND as a manager – something Dann admitted he wasn’t ready to handle.

    Also- an appointment that doesn’t come across as being overtly political.

    It sounds like they hit all of those targets with the selection of Ms. Rogers.

  • DoubleBuckeye

    I knew Nancy when I was in law school at Ohio State. She was not the dean then, but was associate dean for academic affairs.

    She is competent and, most importantly for the democrats (of which I am one), she is squeaky-clean.

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