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Valley Settlement director steps down

The nonprofit Valley Settlement announced March 25 that Jon Fox-Rubin was stepping down as of March 31 as executive director after nearly five years.

“We are grateful for Jon’s years of service, his key role in launching Valley Settlement as a standalone nonprofit and his ongoing commitment to Valley Settlement’s families and staff,” said a statement from Paula Losada Nickell, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Valley Settlement has initiated multiple programs with the immigrant community in the Roaring Fork Valley, from education to business entrepreneurship.

A search for a new executive director has been launched. The duties of interim executive director will be handled by Elaine Grossman, director of strategic partnerships, and Tracy Bethell, director of finance and administration.

Lawyer recognized for 50 years of practice

Gerry Goldstein, a part-time Aspen resident since 1985, has been honored by the Texas Bar Foundation with its 50-year Lawyer Award, which recognizes those who have practiced law for 50 years or more.

Goldstein graduated from the University of Texas law school in 1968 and served as an adjunct professor for 11 years and was on the faculty at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio for 23 years.

He is a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1994 to 1995) and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1992 to 1993), a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1997-), the American College of Trial Lawyers (1991) and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (1997-).

He will be honored at the foundation’s annual dinner in June.