Alan S. Kaplinsky, who leads Ballard Spahr’s nationally recognized Consumer Financial Services Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He joins award-winning documentarian Ken Burns, distinguished jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and 12 others on the board.

The museum, founded in 1997, is dedicated to preserving jazz history and promoting jazz music to the next generation of listeners. Its exhibits include the Savory Collection, which includes more than 1,000 original recordings of jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong; photography displays from Richard Conde and Edward Berger; and a Steinway piano donated by Dick Katz, a premier jazz pianist and author.

“I’ve been a jazz enthusiast since junior high,” said Mr. Kaplinsky. “And, after being a listener for so many years, I’m looking forward to taking an active role in preserving the legacy of jazz and sharing it with new listeners.”

Mr. Kaplinsky’s first task will be assisting in the planning of the museum’s June 9 gala at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse. The event will feature jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, who recently starred in an off-Broadway musical about Billie Holiday. He will also join his fellow board members in the search for a permanent home for the museum, which is currently housed in temporary quarters.

“Alan's deep knowledge and lifelong passion for jazz are matched by his acute judgment and legal prowess,” said Jonathan Scheuer, Chairman of the Board of the museum. “We're proud and delighted that he has joined the Board of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and we very much look forward to his involvement in the museum's activities.”

Mr. Kaplinsky advises financial institutions on bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law. He defends financial institutions that have been sued by consumers in individual and class action lawsuits and by government enforcement agencies. Mr. Kaplinsky pioneered the use of pre-dispute arbitration provisions in consumer contracts and has counseled numerous consumer financial services companies on this subject.

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