Jon Laria, a partner in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, was elected President of the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) at the organization's annual meeting on May 22, 2008. Mr. Laria was most recently the First Vice President of the BJC.

The BJC is the community relations and political arm of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. The BJC represents area Jewish organizations and congregations on social, political and humanitarian issues that affect Jews and the quality of life locally, nationally and worldwide. The non-profit organization represents THE ASSOCIATED and its organizations at all levels of government. The BJC also secures public funding for projects and provides a forum for members and associated organizations to respond to concerns that affect the Jewish community.

On Monday, May 26, 2008, Mr. Laria will travel to Israel with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as part of the governor's trade mission to Israel. The governor will participate in a major Israeli life sciences conference where he will promote business relationships between Maryland and Israeli companies. The delegation will also meet with Israeli government officials and visit holy and historical sites.

Mr. Laria is a partner in Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department and a member of the Construction Group, Eminent Domain Group, Housing Group, Zoning and Land Use Group, Public Finance Group, Real Estate Finance Group, Transactional Finance Group, Public-Private Partnerships Group, and Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs Group. He represents owners, developers, and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions, including finance, acquisition, development, and leasing. He also has an active land use and zoning practice and has provided counsel for some of Baltimore's most prominent development projects.

Mr. Laria chairs the Public Policy Advisory Board of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has chaired the Regional Investment Committee of THE ASSOCIATED. He serves as the immediate past president of the Live Baltimore Home Center and on the board of Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. In 2007, Governor O'Malley appointed him chair of the state's Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development, which is charged with reviewing growth policy throughout Maryland. He serves on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Master's in Real Estate program,and has taught Advanced Real Estate Transactions in Maryland's continuing legal education program.



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