Ball Janik LLP, a bi-coastal comprehensive services law firm focused on real estate, land use, construction, and business litigation, is pleased to announce that Damien R. Hall has been appointed to the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northwest Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce, to help address systemic racism in the real estate profession. The Taskforce’s mission is to blaze a new trail for diversity, equity, and inclusion in real estate that breaks down institutional barriers to entry and advancement for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The Taskforce has identified five areas of focus: Member Engagement, Programs, Education, Communication, and Partnerships. To find out more, click here.
“I am excited to be part of this important mission,” said Hall, who has been involved with the ULI for many years. “Our goal is to provide the credibility needed for programming and push information to the commercial real estate community. Initial steps include identifying shortcomings in racial representation and developing a framework to help companies enhance practices and communication patterns and break down barriers.”
Damien Hall chairs the firm’s Land Use and Real Estate Group and the Affordable Housing and Community Development Group. In this role, Hall represents both property owners and local governments, helping them navigate Oregon’s unique requirements and political sensitivities to controlled growth and land development. Hall is also active in renewable energy development throughout the Pacific Northwest and is an active member of the Oregon Solar + Storage Industries Association. In addition to his involvement in the ULI, Hall is an active member of BOMA and NAIOP. He was appointed by the Portland City Council to the Home Forward Board of Commissioners and serves on the Board of Directors for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.
Hall has a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and his bachelor’s degree is from the University of Southern California.
About ULI Northwest
ULI Northwest is a non-profit real estate and land development organization supported by over 1000 public and private sector members. Their mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. The organization provides its members with independent forums for discussion and debate about city building issues and best practices. Visit: https://northwest.uli.org/about.
About Ball Janik, LLP
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