CINCINNATI - Cincinnati super lawyer Stan Chesley, disbarred in Kentucky and retired from the practice of law in Ohio, was appointed to the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Wednesday.
By a vote of 8 to zero, council approved a 21-month appointment of the famed father of the modern class action without ever uttering his name. Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls was absent.
Chesley, 77, will serve as a commissioner until March 2015. The commission is made up of about two dozen community members and is authorized to study and investigate problems between racial, religious and ethnic groups in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory nominated Chesley. Mallory has been a longtime supporter of Chesley, most recently coming to his defense just hours before Chesley resigned under pressure from the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.
The Kentucky Supreme Court permanently disbarred Chesley in March, concluding he collected $7.5 million more in fees than his contract allowed in the class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the diet drug fen-phen. Chesley argued he didn't realize he had been overpaid. Weeks later, he permanently retired from practicing law in Ohio.
Chesley is a well-known fundraiser for Democrats and is known worldwide for his commitment to charities around the world, particularly those related to Judaism and the people and land of Israel.
Chesley and his firm worked pro bono to get a $5 billion settlement with German corporations and Swiss and Austrian banks as restitution for Holocaust victims.
In a four-part series published by WCPO Digital last week, local and national leaders said they doubted Chesley would fade from public view.
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