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Jay Lenrow: Pro-Bono and Community Involvement
Throughout Jay Lenrow’s career, he has been involved with community activities and pro-bono service. He is a past Board member of (a) Chizuk Amuno Congregation Board of Trustees; (b) Board of Trustees for Roland Park Country School; and (c) Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins University. Jay was Baltimore Neighborhood’s Inc. Volunteer of the Year in 1981 and helped that organization write a handbook for tenants. In 2020, Jay was a recipient of the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award.
Throughout Jay’s life he has been involved with the Boy Scouts. As a young boy, Jay joined the cub scouts at age seven and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age fourteen. In 1966 Jay was asked to participate in the National Junior Leader Training program at Shiff Scout Reservation in New Jersey. It was at that program that Jay was chosen by artist Norman Rockwell to pose for one of his paintings. Jay ended up being pictured in a painting Rockwell entitled “Beyond the Easel,” which is the only painting where Rockwell featured himself in a Boy Scout uniform. As seen in this reproduction (Medici Museum Art, 9350 E Market Street, Warren, Ohio 44484), Jay can be seen all the way on the left with a look of determination on his face.
As an adult, Jay has been a Den Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Scout Master, District Chairman, Council Vice President, Council President, Area President and Executive Vice President of the North East Region of the Boy Scouts. In 2006 Jay was honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Fewer than 2,000 Distinguished Eagles Awards have been bestowed out of the more than 2.5 million Scouts who have earned the award. In addition to Jay, Distinguished Eagle Award recipients include Robert Gates, James Lovell, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bloomberg, and Gerald Ford.
Jay was influential in the Scouts changing the organizations ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. He also has been counseling the local Scout organization as the national organization emerges from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Most recently, COVID hit the organization extremely hard with the cancellation of many nationally organized activities and the postponement of the 2021 National Scout Jamboree.
Although this has been a challenging period for the Scouts, Jay remains proud of his long association with the Boy Scouts. “I believe that scouting has made me a better person and has helped me to help other young men and women reach their potential.”
Jay Lenrow is Of Counsel with Adelberg Rudow and General Counsel of Brick Bodies and PF Growth Partners, LLC. Jay has a national real estate and construction practice primarily representing owners in real estate acquisition, development, construction and leasing in thirty- eight states, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Read more about Jay Lenrow’s practice here.
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