Judge Grady L. Pettigrew, Jr, is the Chairman of the African American Male Wellness Walk in Columbus, Ohio and he tirelessly serves his community.Under his leadership, this Columbus Ohio event now offers free health screenings, monthly health education programs, wellness information, to anyone who wishes to participate. Since Judge Pettigrew became the Chair, the walk has grown from 4,000 participants to 12,000 and brings together people of many races, ethnicities, gender identities, economic backgrounds and physical health levels. A decorated Army Veteran, Judge Pettigrew served his community as a Federal Judge, an educator, and was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” during his career. He continues to devote his time to community service as the Chairman of the African American Male Wellness Walk in Columbus, Ohio.
The Honorable Grady L. Pettigrew, Jr, has served as a Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, has been a member of the Bankruptcy Faculty of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. and was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for many years. Judge Pettigrew is currently the President of the City of Columbus Municipal Civil Service Commission. His passion for law and education blends into a lifetime of community service. Currently, Judge Pettigrew serves as the Chair of the African American Male Wellness Walk, a non-profit 501c3, which promotes Health, Education and Wellness that is open to people from every ethnicity, background, gender and economic strata. As the Chair of the African American Male Wellness Walk, Judge Pettigrew leads a core of dynamic volunteers in this annual August event that offers free health screenings, fitness training and medical intervention that has actually saved
lives. Judge Pettigrew created an educational component for the African American Male Wellness Walk and develops and implements monthly educational programs that instruct the community about Mental Health, Diversity, Health, Wellness and Community Service. As Chair of this important event, Judge Pettigrew strives to unite all members of the community, regardless of age, race, occupation, education or socio-economic group, by encouraging diversity and community unity. During his service as Chair of the African American Male Wellness Walk, participation has increased from 4,000 to 12,000.
A passionate proponent of community service, Judge Pettigrew has volunteered his time to help the community in numerous ways. A graduate of The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Judge Pettigrew served as a Trustee for Columbus State Community College and as the President and as a Trustee of Columbus Urban League. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Columbus Bar Association, in the House of Delegates of the Ohio Bar Association,as a Trustee of Interprofessional Commission of Ohio, and as a Trustee of the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Complex.
Judge Pettigrew created PROJECT JUBILEE, a charity which provides free seminars, classes and panel instruction about legal topics, economic empowerment, occupational success and socio-economic legai information without cost to any member of the community. THE PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL is Judge Pettigrew’s free series of courses for the community, which allows attendees from diverse backgrounds to learn about law and receive certificates of attendance. Judge Pettigrew also volunteered his time and wisdom as an author and lecturer for National Conference of Bankruptcy, theNational Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the Credit Union Executive Society,the Ohio CLE Institute, the Columbus Bar Association CLE Institute and numerous community and professional organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Judge Pettigrew’s tireless commitment to sharing his knowledge appears in his use of media to educate the public as a longtime radio personality. “Key Facts With Judge Grady Pettigrew” promoted community service, discussed societal issues and taught legal concepts to listeners worldwide through TalkTainment Radio. Judge Pettigrew has hosted his own radio programs that aired on WCVO and WRFD terrestrial radio, prior to expanding to Talktainment Radio’s network of podcasts, internet radio, and terrestrial stations, in order to help and teach more listeners. Judge Pettigrew is the author of two important books about Bankruptcy Law and of numerous articles and publications about Law and Education.
Community Service is at the heart of Judge Pettigrew’s life as a Public Servant, Educator, Broadcaster and Community Leader. This dedicated family man began his adult life by serving his country in the US Army, where he received two Bronze Stars, Air Medal,National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge 1st Award and the Republic Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. His entire life has been distinguished by his service to others, including teaching Law and Legal Studies at the Law School of Capital University,The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Federal Judicial Center. An active leader in his Church, Judge Pettigrew has served as a Trustee on the Board of United Church Homes, in order to provide housing for those in need. Serving his community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, The Simultaneous Revival Mass Choir throughout the various phases of his life,further demonstrates Judge Pettigrew’s strong devotion to serving his community and helping people in every area of his life and career.
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