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Marx Leads With Community, Professional Service

April 1, 2010 | Alumni

Carol Seubert Marx ’79 wears many hats, sporting each one with pride, dedication, and passion. In addition to being a wife (Gregg Marx ’79), mother of two, and solo practitioner, she is committed to professional and community service — her two greatest passions.

“I’ve always felt it’s important to participate in the community and be involved in our profession,” she said. “I’ve always made that a priority and I’ve always felt that it’s important to help improve the place you’re in.”

Marx has a long record of giving back to her community in Lancaster, Ohio, where she runs her private practice, specializing in elder law, workers’ compensation, social security disability, probate, torts, and will and estate planning. In the past, she served as president, vice president, and treasurer of the Fairfield Family Counseling Center in Lancaster, where, as president, she supervised the completion of two housing projects for the mentally disabled. She currently serves as secretary on the Board of Trustees of the Fairfield Medical Center, the largest hospital in Fairfield County. And this month, she will begin her tenure as the board’s vice chair. Marx also finds time to volunteer her legal expertise at the Fairfield County Pro Bono Legal Clinic periodically, something she considers an “important service” lawyers ought to provide to their communities.

“One of our local lawyers who came for the first time said he never got so many hugs in his life and so many thank yous,” she said. “It can be a very personally rewarding experience.”

Marx is most proud of her service work with her local Meals on Wheels, an organization that provides meals and services to the elderly. Having served as president, vice president, and treasurer of Meals on Wheels Older Adult Alternatives of Fairfield County, Inc., she chaired the campaign committee that spearheaded the passing of the first senior services levy in Fairfield County.

“My goal with any involvement I have is to leave the organization or project or whatever it is that I’m involved with in a better spot than when I started,” she said. “I want to make a contribution and I want that contribution to have an impact if I can. It may end up being small, but if I’ve improved the process along the way, I view it as a success.”

Marx also applies this credo to her demonstrated commitment to the legal profession. Marx has long been an active participant and leader within the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). For the last three years, she has served as District 9’s representative on the OSBA Board of Governors. She is also the current chair of the OSBA Board of Governors Audit Committee and vice chair of the OSBA Board of Governors Budget and Headquarters committee. Before being elected to the Board of Governors, Marx sat on the OSBA Council of Delegates, an experience that inspired her to increase her involvement with OSBA

“You get inspired, seeing everything from the inside out, how our leadership works, and how our leaders from various parts of the state are involved in their communities,” she said. “The committees are really amazing for the amount of work they do for the state bar association and for its members and the profession.”

Marx, who has announced her candidacy for president-elect of OSBA, hopes to continue to positively serve the Ohio legal community by bringing her “unique perspective to bar leadership.”

Service as OSBA president would be the capstone of a 30-year commitment to improving Ohio’s legal community. If the past is prologue, she is likely to succeed.