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    Sharon Smith

    smith@bljlawyers.com

    Shareholder Sharon Smith is a co-chair of the City’s Boundary Technical Advisory committee, working to expand the City of Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary. On the most recent City Edition, Sharon, along with City Councilors, the mayor, and staff explain the process to shape our community for the future. Sharon’s practice emphasizes land use, real estate, municipal and school law. View the video here.

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    DANIELLE LORDI

    lordi@bljlawyers.com

    BLJ civil litigation attorney Danielle Lordi recently teamed up with Legal Aid Services of Oregon to co-present to the Central Oregon Rental Owners Association on the topic of Assistance Animals in rental housing. As part of Danielle’s general civil litigation practice, she frequently advises property managers and landlords on all aspects of Oregon’s Residential Landlord Tenant Act and on federal and state Fair Housing and discrimination laws. Prior to entering private practice, Danielle spent four years representing tenants as a staff attorney for Legal Aid. As a result of this broad experience representing both landlords and tenants, she is a particularly knowledgeable and effective advocate for her landlord clients, providing guidance and, when necessary, representation in residential eviction proceedings. Danielle and Legal Aid will again co-present to COROA members next Tuesday evening, April 26, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., on the topic of Fair Housing. More information can be found at http://www.centraloregonrentalowners.org/events.

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    Jeremy Green

    green@bljlawyers.com

    Jeremy Green was selected for the second consecutive year as a 2015 "Oregon Rising Star," a distinction that recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. While up to 5% of Oregon lawyers are selected as SuperLawyers, no more than 2.5% are selected as "Rising Stars."

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    DANIELLE LORDI

    lordi@bljlawyers.com

    Danielle Lordi was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Opportunity Knocks, an organization that helps small businesses learn, stretch and grow by providing business leaders with the tools to think strategically, solve problems and achieve goals. Click here for more information https://opp-knocks.org/  

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    Heather J. Hansen

    hansen@bljlawyers.com

    Heather Hansen was recently appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Oregon to the Merit Selection Panel for the appointment of the United States Magistrate Judge in Eugene, Oregon. The Merit Selection Panel is responsible for reviewing applications for the judicial position, conducting interviews of a select group of those applicants, checking references, and preparing and submitting a report to the Court recommending the five most qualified applicants for the position.

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    Sharon Smith

    smith@bljlawyers.com
               

    Sharon Smith has been elected Vice President of NeighborImpact for 2015. NeighborImpact changes lives by helping families access skills for success, family services, financial assistance, food, housing, heat and energy assistance. Learn more at their website: http://www.neighborimpact.org/.

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    john Sorlie

    sorlie@bljlawyers.com

    John Sorlie was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Bethlehem Inn - a non-denominational, community-based facility providing shelter, help and hope to those experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon. More information can be found at https://bethleheminn.org/. John's legal practice focuses on estate planning, taxation, and business and real estate transactions.

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    MELINDA THOMAS

    thomas@bljlawyers.com

    Melinda Thomas has been selected to serve on the Oregon State Bar Family Law Executive Committee beginning January, 2015. Melinda has also transitioned from Chair to Past Chair for the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee.

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    MARK REINECKE

    reinecke@bljlawyers.com

    Mark Reinecke has been appointed by the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors to the Region 1 Local Professional Responsibility Committee which investigates ethics complaints against attorneys in 17 Eastern Oregon counties. This is the second time Mark has been appointed to this particular OSB committee. Mark is also a current member of the Bar's Client Security Fund Committee. 

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    NEIL BRYANT

    bryant@bljlawyers.com

    Neil Bryant   and his wife Mary were recently given the honor of "Citizens of the Year" by the Bend Chamber of Commerce at the 2014 SAGE Awards on May 9th. The Bryants are well-known figures in the Central Oregon Community and are proud to be involved in a variety of programs, non-profits, and community initiatives. Read more here http://bendchamber.org/chamber-weekly/neil-and-mary-bryant-named-citizens-of-the-year-at-bend-chamber-2014-sage-awards-eight-businesses-also-receive-honors.

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    MELISSA LANDE

    lande@bljlawyers.com

    Melissa Lande is teaching Estate Planning and Long Term Care classes at Central Oregon Community College. Melissa currently serves on a statewide committee called SPADO (State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease in Oregon) Guardian Workgroup. Melissa's articles are published bi-monthly in the Bend Bulletin's Ageless Magazine.  She is also a regular contributor to the Ask a Legal Professional column in the Bend Bulletin.

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