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Kenny Chosen to Assist State of Ohio on Election Day

06.19.2012
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ROSELAND, N.J./November 13, 2008 -- George J. Kenny, a partner with Connell Foley LLP headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey, was one of a team of more than 30 senior attorneys from across the country (and the only representative from the State of New Jersey) selected to receive training in Ohio election law and to work on election day for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose was to ensure full voting participation by residents entitled to cast ballots in the recent presidential election.

As a result of a chaotic situation in the state during the presidential election of 2004, the Ohio Secretary of State discharged the board and appointed four new members – two Democrats and two Republicans – to restructure voting mechanisms and reform the voter identification process.

Senior members of law firms from around the nation were solicited to assist by making decisions on behalf of the board, under Ohio’s statutory election law, by advising and directing poll judges and workers as to voting eligibility when challenges were made at the polling site or when questions arose regarding procedure. The day after the election, Ohio newspapers stated that the additional governance resulted in virtually problem-free voting and contributed to a minimum of partisan challenges.

Mr. Kenny is a key member of the Insurance Coverage and Insurance Defense practice groups, and a long time Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law–Newark and has written and lectured extensively on litigation practice and insurance coverage law.

Mr. Kenny also served on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and on the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. He is a former Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a former President of the Essex County Bar Association. Mr. Kenny is also co-author of the chapter on damages in Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation, published by West Group.

For more information, contact George J. Kenny at 973-535-0500 or gkenny@connellfoley.com.

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