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2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon

The University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association hosted the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon on

Date: Friday, May 11, 2012.

Time: 12:00 (noon)

Location: Westin Cincinnati

This year's award recipients are Daniel P. Carmichael "68, The Honorable Cheryl D. Grant '73, and James C. Kennedy '76.

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Daniel P. Carmichael

Dan Carmichael has broad experience in corporate and regulatory law and public policy. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Dan spent 28 years with Eli Lilly and Company, most recently as Secretary to the Board of Directors and Deputy General Counsel. His practice experience at Lilly included food and drug law, product liability, corporate securities and general corporate law, corporate governance and compliance, and environmental law.

Dan also served as Director of Lilly's Washington, D.C. office from 1980-82 where he was responsible for Federal Government Relations. Dan was Executive Director of Corporate Affairs from 1982-86 where he was responsible for media relations and public policy planning, as well as federal government relations.

The Honorable Cheryl D. Grant

Judge Cheryl D. Grant is a member of the Hamilton County Municipal Court with continuous service since 1997. The Supreme Court of Ohio licensed Judge Grant to practice law in 1973. Judge Grant graduated from Withrow High School, Cincinnati, Ohio; received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1966, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology; a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in 1973; and a Master of Divinity, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia (expected May, 2012).

Judge Grant attended the National Judiciary College, Reno Nevada; the George Mason University School of Law, Law and Economic Center Institute for Judges, Arlington, Virginia; Law and Economic Institutes, Washington, D.C; and Searle Law and Economic Institutes for Judges, Northwestern University, and Ohio Judiciary College to further her judicial education. In addition, she holds membership in the Ohio Judicial Conference, Ohio Bar Association, the American Judges Association, The Potter Stewart Inn of Court, and the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio. The former Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Thomas Moyer, appointed her to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts and the Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services. She is the former Chairperson of the Hamilton County Municipal Court Committee on Technology.

Prior to attending law school, Cheryl Grant served as a social worker for the Memorial Community Center and a Cincinnati Police Officer. Her employment experiences since law school are as follows: Reginald Heber Smith Fellow assigned to the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society; Congressional Aide to former Congressman Thomas Luken; Assistant Professor of Business Law, University of Cincinnati College of Business; Law Director, City of Lincoln Heights, Ohio; Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; the first Chief Investigator of the Office of Municipal Investigation (OMI), City of Cincinnati; Assistant Public Defender, Hamilton County; Assistant Attorney General, State of Ohio; owner of the first all female law firm in Cincinnati, C. D. Grant & Associates, 1976; and the founding member and first executive Director of the Letteria Dalton Foundation.

Judge Grant has been active in various civic and social organizations including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Black Career Women, Inc.; Elisha Chapter – Ohio Eastern Stars, PHA and served as legal counsel; NAACP; and former chairperson of the Memorial Community Center. She chairs the community breakfast program at the Zion Baptist Church and teaches Christian Education to young adults and seniors. She is a founding member of the Zion Christian Leadership School. She was founding organization of the Black Family Forum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

James C. Kennedy

Jim Kennedy practices in the Business Representation and Transactions Practice Group. The focus of his practice is corporate, securities, and financing law, where he has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing public corporations, their subsidiaries, and other entities. In his more than 34 years as an attorney for American Financial Group, Inc, its subsidiaries, and affiliates ("AFG"), he has overseen many acquisition and divestiture transactions in recent years with an aggregate transaction value in the billions of dollars. He has significant experience in initial and follow-on public offerings of securities and in representing issuers and investors in private placements of securities. He regularly advised AFG on corporate governance, financing, compliance and litigation matters.

After the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, he consolidated and managed the AFG Internal Audit and Investigative Services department. Jim has performed professional legal services for clients such as American Financial Group, Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Great American Financial Resources, Inc., National Interstate Corporation, Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc., The Charter Company, and American Financial Enterprises, Inc. Jim served AFG in various capacities and retired as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary. As Secretary of AFG for more than 25 years, he served as the primary interface with AFG's independent board members and their committees.