Roger D. Winston, a distinguished real estate attorney and a co-leader of the Planned Communities and Condominiums Group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, will become chair of the 30,000-member Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association on August 1, 2009.

Mr. Winston will assume the title during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section consists of 69 committees, which study and address issues vital to the practice of real estate law. It provides technical analysis of real estate issues to the federal government, develops guidelines and holds educational programs for lawyers nationwide, and provides states with model legislation.

"The economy has significantly changed the market, and our members need to meet the evolving needs of their clients in new and creative ways," said Mr. Winston, who is also managing partner of Ballard Spahr's Bethesda office. "We need to examine new ways of doing business and provide our members with the tools they need to survive and prosper. Our committees remain critical elements of the success and responsiveness of our members."

Mr. Winston has written and lectured extensively on common interest development law. He is a fellow and board member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is also a life director of the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association and serves on the executive committee of the Washington District Council of the Urban Land Institute.

Mr. Winston is the third lawyer from Ballard Spahr to hold the chairmanship of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section. Beverly J. Quail, a partner in the firm's Denver office, and Morton P. Fisher, Jr., senior counsel in Baltimore, also served in the position.

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