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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
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Hello, Members:
The Elder Law Section Nominating Committee has issued its report, below, proposing a slate of officers for 2015. If you want to contest the election, please get the signatures of at least 10 members of the section on the petition, email it to D.D. Wolohan by Oct. 31, and state which position you are contesting. A runoff will follow. If there is no opposition after Oct. 31, the slate is approved by acclamation and will serve in 2015.

Elder Law Nominating Committee Report
 Position 1   01/01/15-12/31/17 term
Fletcher Catron
FLETCHER R. CATRON practices law with the firm of Catron, Catron, Pottow & Glassman, P.A., in Santa Fe. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of New Mexico School of Law and has been in the practice of law since 1973. Mr. Catron's largest single area of practice is in estate planning, trusts and probate; he is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He is a board member of the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, and a board member and past chair of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. Mr. Catron has been both a board member and chair of the Bar Association of the First Judicial District and the Estate Planning Council of Santa Fe.  He was co-chair of the State Bar committee that obtained adoption of the Uniform Health-Care Decisions Act and chair of the State Bar committee that reviewed and successfully lobbied for passage of the Uniform Trust Code. He has several times represented the position of the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section at the New Mexico Legislature with respect to proposals for probate and trust legislation, including the legislation enacting the newest amendments to the Uniform Probate Code.

Position 2   01/01/15-12/31/17 term
Mary Ann Green
MARY ANN GREEN, ESQ., has been practicing law in private practice for more than 30 years. Her practice is primarily limited to guardianships and conservatorships, wills, trusts, probate, Medicaid law and estate planning for the elderly and disabled. Ms. Green received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Northwestern University, and her J .D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has lectured at continuing legal education programs and community education programs on a variety of elder law issues. Ms. Green is rated AV by the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory and she is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She serves on the board of directors of the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico and the New Mexico Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is a former board member of the New Mexico Guardianship Association and the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association. She is a member of the New Mexico State Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, the New Mexico Estate Planning Council and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Position 3   01/01/15-12/31/17 term
Jeanine Steffy
JEANINE R. STEFFY, JD, CPA is an attorney at Steffy Law Firm, P.C., practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning, business planning, tax planning, elder law and benefits, nonprofit law, and probate. Ms. Steffy received her Masters degree in Accounting, as well as her J.D., from the University of New Mexico. She is a Certified Public Accountant and an Adjunct Professor at UNM Anderson School of Management.

Position 4   01/01/15-12/31/15 term
Sara Traub
SARA R. TRAUB is an associate with the law firm of Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, in Albuquerque. She is admitted to practice law in New Mexico and in U.S. Tax Court, and is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Mexico. Her law practice concentrates on tax, estate planning, probate, long-term care planning and adult guardianships. She is the past chair of the Elder Law Section of the State Bar and the secretary of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the State Bar. Ms. Traub is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the New Mexico Society of CPAs. She is a 2008 graduate of UNM Law School and represents the third generation of her family to become a New Mexico attorney. She enjoys hiking and whitewater rafting.


Kevin Hammer

Nominating Committee Chair



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To facilitate and improve the law and practice of law in areas of particular concern to the elderly, including preserving and enhancing the rights of physically and mentally challenged individuals with respect to care, housing and asset management and to lead, coordinate and serve as a coordinating agent and clearinghouse for the efforts of the various agencies involved in service to the elderly.


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The Elder Law section will be publishing its Elder Law Section newsletter twice in 2014, first in the New Mexico Lawyer, an insert in the Bar Bulletin, that will appear in August; and second as an e-newsletter later in the year. All section members are invited to submit original articles and notes of interest for consideration for publication.  All submissions are due by May 5. Articles  should be not more than 1,500 words in length. Topics of interest to elder law professionals could include: 2014 legislative update as it effects elder law, 2013-2014 New Mexico elder law case law update, Medicaid changes, guardianship, conservatorship, how Medicaid effects estate planning, ACA/health care in New Mexico, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, nursing home patient's rights, and elder abuse and exploitation, or other matters that you believe might be of interest to other New Mexico Elder Law Section members and the New Mexico Bar in general. Please email your questions regarding topics, articles or items for the newsletter to Johanna Pickel and Laurie A. Hedrich at


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