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Jonathan ShamisAge: 48Hometown: CarbondaleFamily: daughter Elle, 14; son, Noah, 12Occupation: lawyer, currently executive director for Alpine Legal Services for the past five years; formerly a partner in the law firm Kleinschmidt and Shamis, with offices in Eagle and Garfield counties.Education: bachelor’s degree, University of Chicago; law degree, DePaul University School of Law; master’s degree in counseling psychology, University of Colorado at Denver.What does Alpine Legal Services do? Provides legal assistance to crime victims, seniors, young people and others in the Roaring Fork Valley who aren’t capable of representing or paying for representation themselves. We also provide legal education for the community and conduct the monthly bar nights offering free consultations, and partner with Colorado Mountain College on a series of legal clinics. Translation services so people with limited English skills can access the legal system.How long have you lived here? Since 1997Where are you from originally? Chappaqua, N.Y.What else do you do? I teach several classes through CMC, including pre-law class at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. It allows high school students to take classes in various areas of law and receive college credit. We hope to expand it to other Re-1 high schools.What community organizations are you involved with? I’m on the board and head of the programs for the Carbondale Rotary Club; also on the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities board.What do you enjoy about being involved in the community? It’s the first place I’ve ever lived where I truly felt a part of the community. I’m invested in trying to make the community the best possible place for everyone to live.What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Trail running, backcountry skiing, road biking.Where’s your favorite place in the valley? All of it.What book are you reading currently? “Indian Killer” by Sherman Alexie Favorite movie? Anything by Zhang Yimou


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