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Odum becomes trustee of state bar foundation

Columbus OH (Jan. 6, 2017)— Drew Odum, of Cleveland, has joined the Ohio State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Along with an accomplished group of legal professionals, he will help lead over 1,000 attorney volunteers who are committed to promoting public understanding of the rule of law and improvements in the justice system.

When asked what he’d like Ohio’s lawyers to know about the OSBF, Odum said, “Getting involved with the OSBF is an easy way to give back to the community.  Lawyers can use their talents and skills by participating in service projects and/or funding them, so that we can improve the people’s understanding of the law and improve the justice system overall.”

Odum is Legal Counsel in the Litigation Department at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. 

When not in the office, he donates much of his time to improving the lives of those around him.

As the 2016 recipient of the OSBF’s Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under, Odum said “I try to leave things better than how I found them. Striving to achieve this goal has always had a positive effect on my life and others. As a kid, many people volunteered in my schools and in programs in which I was involved.  Each of these people had a positive impact on my life.  Their work in the community directly benefited me and encouraged me to also perform positive works in the community.  I hope to have the same effect on each person my work impacts.”

Giving back to the 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 to help economically-deprived neighborhoods. Understanding the challenges many students face in receiving a good education, Drew mentors low-income minority students from Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Louis Stokes Scholars program.

He teaches 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. 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.

Odum received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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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