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Fairfield County judge provides support for end-of-life experiences

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426                       

Columbus, OHIO (Jan. 18, 2011) – When Fairfield County Common Pleas Judge Chris A. Martin was looking for a way to give back to the community, he was drawn to The Pickering House, a 12-bed hospice facility that serves Fairfield, Hocking and Perry counties.

“My first experience with hospice was in 1990 when my mother-in-law became sick,” Judge Martin says. “Since then, I’ve had other family members and friends who’ve been helped through difficult times with hospice care.”

Judge Martin’s volunteer work at The Pickering House includes visiting with patients, which may involve reading to them or just listening. “We’re involved in a very personal and intimate part of a person’s life, and we want them to be able to go through the end-of-life experience with as much dignity and peace as possible.”

Judge Martin says volunteering has led to some lasting friendships with patients’ family members. “I started volunteering to do something for someone else, but I benefit as well by meeting some very good people and sharing in their life stories.” He adds that many lawyers and judges are actively engaged in service work and he encourages others to become involved, regardless if that is hospice or some other organization.

Judge Martin and his wife, Starr, have been married for 34 years. He is a 1972 Lancaster High School graduate, who earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1976. Following a brief career as an industrial engineer, he earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University. Judge Martin has served on the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court General Division bench since 2003, and previously was a Fairfield County Municipal Court judge.

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EDITORS NOTE: A video interview with Judge Martin is available on the Ohio State Bar Association website and YouTube channel.

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