Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP assisted in the legal aspects of obtaining a new home for a family featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"Ballard is pleased to team-up with Montgomery County to assist the Jackson family," said Mary Gay Scanlon, executive director of Ballard's Pro Bono Program. "Through everyone's combined efforts a local family has a brand-new home to call their own."

The September 28 fall premiere episode features Felicia Jackson, a mother of four, who took in her 10 nieces and nephews after her sister succumbed to cancer a few years ago. The family's size left the Jacksons occupying temporary housing provided by Montgomery County, Maryland.

County administrators learned that the Jacksons' story was compelling enough for a chance at a home makeover - - provided the family had a house to make over. The Jacksons had 72 hours to acquire a property in order to be considered for Extreme Makeover's fall season.

Montgomery County called on Roger D. Winston, managing partner of Ballard's Bethesda office, to represent Jackson in the acquisition of a county-financed property. Roger worked with Susan Eleff, of counsel in Ballard's Bethesda office, on a pro bono basis to negotiate and draft documents and close on the transaction, getting the title into Jackson's name by the show's deadline.

"We worked three long days and two long nights with the Montgomery County attorney and staff, without any assurance that our efforts would pay off in a home for the Jacksons," said Ms. Eleff. "We were aware that Barbara Casey and her team of able lawyers in the New Jersey office of Ballard had assisted another deserving family a year earlier, and that they had the good fortune of seeing that family's selection for an Extreme Makeover home. We thought the odds were against lightning striking twice, but it turns out that luck was with us."

Extreme Makeover uses volunteers to construct, fixture, furnish, and landscape a home for the families it selects. The publicity and momentum generated by those volunteers led to a number of fundraisers and additional gifts for the Jacksons earmarked for home maintenance. Ballard attorneys have further assisted by setting up a trust for those funds and offering counsel to Jackson in a number of related matters.

"From the outset we were happy to have been a part of this process," said Mr. Winston. "Ballard maintains a long-standing commitment to providing pro bono work to individuals and organizations in need of legal services. We take this commitment seriously and log many hours behind the scenes. When our work results in a storybook ending, like this one for the Jackson family, we couldn't be more thrilled."

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