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Blank Rome’s Alan Freeman Installed as Chair of Board of Governors for Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Blank Rome LLP Partner Alan M. Freeman was installed as Chair of the Board of Governors of Charles E. Smith Life Communities (“CESLC”) during the 107th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors on Wednesday, May 17. The role of CESLC’s Board of Governors is to guide leadership in their daily efforts to accomplish the organization’s mission to fulfill Jewish values by providing a continuum of quality services for older adults and their families, and to affirm its commitment to the dignity of each individual.

Mr. Freeman began his commitment to CESLC by volunteering at the organization’s Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, a local nonprofit that provides quality rehabilitation and long-term care that respects Jewish values, particularly to those in greatest need. From there, he established a long-standing record of dedicated leadership to CESLC, serving since 2007 as a member of its Board of Governors, and since 2015 as chair-elect. Mr. Freeman served as president of the organization’s Housing Boards, which include Ring House, Revitz House, Landow House, and Cohen-Rosen House, from 2008-2015. Additionally, he served from 2013-2015 as co-chair of CESLC’s annual Guardian Campaign, which raises money to support the services and compassionate care that have made the organization a premier local resource for seniors and their families.

In the press release issued by CESLC announcing his new role as chair, President/CEO Bruce J. Lederman stated of Mr. Freeman, “Not only does he possess the leadership skills to guide the Board of Governors; in nearly 20 years of volunteering with us he demonstrates a more important skill—a deep passion and care for our residents. I look forward to working with him and the entire slate of officers.”

Mr. Freeman further expanded on his dedication to CESLC by adding, “I started volunteering at the Hebrew Home in tribute to my grandparents, so for me, election as chair of the Board of Governors has a special context and meaning. Every time I walk onto the CESLC campus, I’m reminded that we are helping someone’s grandparents. This organization is part of the bedrock of our community, and the vital role CESLC plays in service to our family and friends will become more critical in the years ahead. I’m honored and humbled by the board’s confidence in me.”

Founded in 1910 as the Hebrew Home for the Aged, CESLC is a nonprofit organization serving more than 1,100 older adults daily in multiple residences situated on a 38-acre campus in Rockville, Maryland. The 107th Annual Meeting was convened to install new officers for 2017-2019, present two prestigious awards, outline the organization’s vision under the leadership of President/CEO Bruce J. Lederman, and reaffirm its commitment to serving older adults. For more information and a complete list of the members serving on CESLC’s Board of Governors and Directors, please visit www.smithlifecommunities.org.

At Blank Rome, Mr. Freeman advises and represents clients in a wide range of industries, including hospitality, entertainment, retail, and real estate, in civil and commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings. He devotes his practice to serving as a corporate counselor and strategic adviser for his clients, reducing their litigation risk and rapidly resolving disputes when they arise. A graduate of Columbia University and George Washington University Law School, Mr. Freeman is active in the civic community of Montgomery County, as well as the Maryland and District of Columbia legal communities.