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January’s Community Spotlight focuses on Joel Korin, current City Club president. Joel migrated west to be with his grandchildren about nine years ago. Since then, Eugene has benefited from his lifelong commitment to serving his community and his talent for offering comic relief.

For most of his adult life, Joel was a successful New Jersey trial attorney with a specialty in medical law.  In his spare time, he taught law at Rutgers Law School and served on the boards of Beth Israel Synagogue; Camden Regional Legal Services; Camden County, Gloucester County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations; Haddonfield Civic Association; American College of Trial Lawyers; and the NJ Supreme Court Trial Certification. He won awards for his professional work. He wrote books and articles on medical-legal topics. Eventually, however, he realized that his kids had installed their families permanently on the West Coast and had begun to produce grandchildren who needed attention. So he and his wife Kallen uprooted and replanted themselves in the River Road community.

Joel is a strong advocate for “civil and civic discourse” and found the perfect outlet for his energy and interests in City Club of Eugene. He has become an active member of the statewide City Club Consortium, helping develop programs of interest to many communities. He is also an active member of CASA, working as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children who might otherwise be lost in the legal system.  In addition to managing his caseload of children, Joel offers peer assistance to other CASAs. He still has a little spare time, though, and spends some of it with the Out of Our Minds Troupe, doing improve comedy.

Learn more about Joel in this interview by Eric Richardson, another local luminary who in May will add “City Club President” to his own list of leadership roles.