What Does Strickland’s Pick for Lottery Director Mean?
From James Nash and Mark Niquette:
Ohio’s new lottery director is an occasional player of lottery games whose background as a corporate lawyer might seem a curious fit for someone tasked with administering the largest expansion in the state lottery’s history.
But Gov. Ted Strickland says Kathleen Burke’s background qualifies her to run the Ohio Lottery as it plans to add 17,500 video slot machines at Ohio racetracks.
“Kathy is accustomed to managing people, projects and organizations and achieving results,” Strickland said in a news release yesterday announcing Burke’s appointment. “Her role as a corporate litigator has required her to repeatedly take on very complex cases with high monetary stakes. I am confident that Kathy’s character, skills and commitment to service will be of great value to the Ohio Lottery Commission.”
Burke replaces Michael A. Dolan, who announced his resignation last Tuesday after a rocky 2-year tenure.
She said Dolan accepted her request to stay with the lottery temporarily as a consultant to assist with the video-slots plan.
Burke will be paid $129,500 a year, up from the $115,991 that Dolan made last year.
Here is her profile from Jones Day:
Kathleen B. Burke (Kathy)
sive experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She has represented clients such as American Greetings Corporation, Blockbuster, Bridgestone/Firestone, Brush Wellman, DePuy Spine, GenCorp., The LTV Corporation, Nestle Holdings, and USG Corporation in contract disputes, director and officer liability investigation and litigation, litigation related to chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, class actions, insurance coverage litigation, securities, and intellectual property cases.
Kathy is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2009) and Ohio Super Lawyers (2009) for commercial litigation. She is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Federal Practice Task Force and immediate past co-chair of its Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee. She is a member of The American Law Institute, the ABA (State Delegate for Ohio), and the Ohio State Bar Association, which elected her its first woman president. She has chaired the Ohio Supreme Court’s Rules Advisory Committee and has served on a number of other commissions and committees of the Ohio Supreme Court. She has received the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s Career Woman of Achievement Award and the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest award, the Ohio Bar Medal, and the St. Thomas More Award from the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Kathy is a board member of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and of Notre Dame College.
Ohio; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Federal Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
St. John’s University (J.D. 1973; Publications Editor, Law Review; B.A. 1969)
I have been thinking since yesterday about what this pick means, as it is frankly bizarre. Jones Day is a very aggressive lawfirm, but as a friend noted- They don’t do lobbying. She has no political invovlvement, is not remotely associated with any gambling interest, and has no administrative experience.
The only thing that would make sense is that people in the Strickland Administration were so worried about the heat on Ohio Democrat Party Chairman and MTR Lobbyist Chris Redfern concerning VLTs and illegal influence peddling, that they wanted to find someone who is as distant from the political scene as possible, probably is ethical enough to not be passing out lottery tickets to police officers in lieu of speeding tickets, and doesn’t have the experience to question what the Democrat-connected gambling interests are doing. What else could it be?