Lee E. Belardo named president of Ohio State Bar Foundation
Columbus, OH (Jan. 7, 2015) –The new year brings with it a new board president for the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) as Lee E. Belardo begins his one-year term. He will lead an accomplished group of 969 legal professionals who are committed to promoting public understanding of the rule of law and improvements in the justice system.
Belardo has been a Fellow with the Foundation for eight years while serving on the Board of Trustees since 2010. A Distinguished Life Fellow Associate, he says, “As a person who has served on the Grants Committee for the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to see the direct impact of the Foundation’s work. From supporting the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s statewide Mock Trial program for high school students, to funding Asian Services In Action’s Community Legal Education Project in both Akron and Cleveland, we give people the tools they need to know their rights.”
A partner at the firm McClain and Belardo LLC in Avon, Belardo focuses his practice in the areas of wills, trusts, probate and estate planning.
Belardo would like others to know that “As a Fellow of the Foundation, an attorney is recognized by the leaders of the legal profession for giving back to his or her community. Fellows strive to educate others about their rights and work to promote fairness in the justice system.”
Belardo’s new role builds on a long history of service to the organized bar and community. He is currently a councilman at large for the City of Avon and is in the middle of his term which ends in January 2016. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) where he has previously served on the Council of Delegates and the Board of Governors. In addition, he is a past chairman of the OSBA’s Budget & Headquarters Committee and Young Lawyer’s Section.
Locally, Belardo is a member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. He is a board member for the Far West Center which is an organization that provides outpatient mental health services for individuals and families. Belardo also donates much of his time to the Boy Scouts of America where he is an executive board member of the Heart of Ohio Council. Additionally, Belardo is a parishioner and lector at the Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church where he also serves as the secretary of the Parish Finance Committee and a member of the Vibrant Parish Life Cluster Committee.
Belardo received his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and his law degree from Cleveland State University.
In his role as president of the OSBF, Belardo will lead the Board of Trustees, whose members include President-elect Thomas P. Moushey (Alliance), Immediate Past President Stephen F. Tilson (Galion), Mary Amos Augsburger (Columbus), Thomas J. Bonasera (Columbus), C. Lynne Day (Chardon), Hon. William D. Hart (Kenton), Velda K. Hofacker (Columbus), John D. Holschuh, Jr. (Cincinnati), Karyn Justice (Portsmouth), Mark M. Kitrick (Columbus), Michelle L. Kranz (Toledo), Carol Seubert Marx (Lancaster), Martin E. Mohler (Toledo), Diana Ramos-Reardon (Columbus ), Kathleen A. Stoneman (Carrollton), Andrew C. Storar (Dayton), Dennis Terez (Cleveland), Nirakar “Nic” Thakur (Toledo), Robert F. Ware (Cleveland) and William K. Weisenberg (Columbus).
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.