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Odum receives Ohio State Bar Foundation's statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under

Columbus, OH (September 15, 2016) — Drew Odum will receive the statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under at the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on October 7, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin. This honor is given to a distinguished young attorney who gives generously of his or her time to community service.

Odum was born and raised in Cleveland and has accepted a position at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in litigation and legal counsel. Giving back to the Cleveland community is a priority for him. After three years of Teach for America in Atlanta prior to law school, Odum still feels the strong pull of his economically deprived neighborhood and the challenges many students face in receiving a good education.  No one should be surprised then about Drew’s commitment to the Louis Stokes Scholars program at Tucker Ellis LLP, mentoring low-income minority students from Cleveland who intern at the firm during the summer. He then continues to mentor them through college and law school.

“Many of my friends in school made bad choices because they didn’t see other options,” Odum says. “My job now is to help others to see what can be.”

His participation in the Tucker Ellis Pipeline Partnership also enables him teach the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar’s 3Rs law-based curriculum monthly at John Hay Early College High School and coach the John Hay’s mock trial team that has finished first in three of the last six years. As a member of the John Hay’s College Advisory group, he assists with its mission of sending 100% of its students to college. Added to these activities are his executive board duties for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, his mentoring in the Greater Cleveland’s College Now Mentoring Program for students from low income households, his membership in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Diversity Council and its Alumni Association’s Minority Outreach Committee, and his trustee service for the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association.

About the Award

The Ohio State Bar Foundation presents this award to an attorney 40 years of age or younger, who contributes substantial time and effort in service to a local social service, or a local civic, artistic or cultural organization. The service must be outside the recipient’s practice of law and must be given without compensation. Emphasis is placed on current service and the recipient represents the ideals of the legal profession.

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. Through our grants and programs, we educate and perform outreach to the public to make the law fair for all Ohioans. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit WWW.OSBF.NET.

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