Ryan Odenwalder

Ryan Odenwalder
(JD ’09)
was known for his willingness to help anyone in need. Ryan was one of the top students at Chapman University School of Law attributable to his scholarly accomplishments and commitment to academic integrity. He was a member of the
Chapman Law Review
during his second year and was a notes editor in his third year at Fowler. Ryan also served as an Academic Fellow in Civil Procedure, assisting first year law students with the transition from their undergraduate studies to law school. After graduating
cum laude
in 2009, Ryan passed the California State Bar on his first attempt and accepted a position as legal counsel for
Morgan Drexen
, a company known for giving back to the Orange County community.

Just a year after he graduated from law school a car accident ended his life in April 2010. His death deeply impacted the law students at Chapman, especially those whom he mentored. “Ryan was a dedicated student who demonstrated a passion for helping others,” said Jayne Kacer, associate dean for student affairs and administration at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law.


Gary and Darlene Odenwalder

Ryan’s parents, Darlene and Gary Odenwalder, established a legacy scholarship in their son’s name to help aid and inspire future law students.
The Ryan L. Odenwalder Endowed Memorial Scholarship
will be awarded annually to qualifying students at the Fowler School of Law. “Generations of students will benefit from Ryan having been with us,” said
Tom Campbell
, dean of the Fowler School of Law.

“Because of Ryan’s love of Chapman’s law school and his academic accomplishments, we wanted him remembered for what he represented: honesty, integrity, hard work and his willingness to help others,” said Darlene. “Gary and I hope this scholarship will help others fulfill their dream, since Ryan’s dream and full potential was cut short.”

During a recent visit to Fowler School of Law, the Odenwalders were able to visit the bench donated in memory of Ryan Odenwalder from the Fowler School of Law class of 2009. (pictured to the right)

To contribute, please visit the
Ryan L. Odenwalder Endowed Memorial Scholarship page