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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
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Hello, Members:
The Health 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.

Health Law Section Nomination Committee Report
Position 1, 01/01/15 - 12/31/17
Diane Fisher joined Presbyterian in 2002. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of New Mexico School of Law, Ms. Fisher practiced law in several venues, focusing on healthcare issues including organization, licensure, healthcare contracting and state and federal legislative and regulatory issues. She was the General Counsel for the New Mexico Department of Health and was in private practice in Albuquerque just prior to joining Presbyterian. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Colorado and before the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Position 2, 01/01/15 - 12/31/17
Stefan R. Chacón is an associate at Montgomery Andrews. His practice involves complex civil and commercial litigation, health law, professional liability and appeals. Mr. Chacón represents health care providers in the areas of fraud and abuse, false claims, compliance, and licensing. He also represents individuals and businesses-from sole proprietorships to large corporations-in business disputes and strategic counseling. A native of Arroyo Hondo, Mr. Chacón received his B.S. in Economics from the University of LaVerne, and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Prior to law school, Mr. Chacón served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, where he worked in small business development and microfinance. While in law school, Mr. Chacón earned a position on the Moot Court Board and the Mock Trial Board, and served as President of the Hispanic Law Student Association. He also interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Before joining Montgomery & Andrews, Mr. Chacón clerked for the Hon. Richard C. Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and practiced for three years with a local litigation firm. He is admitted to practice law in California and New Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.

Position 3, 01/01/15 - 12/31/17
J. Gabrielle Sanchez-Sandoval is the General Counsel for the New Mexico Department of Health and Chair of the Ad hoc Committee on Rules for Mental Health Proceedings. The Department of Health provides direct patient care in its six facilities and one community program, offering mental health services, competency restoration, substance and drug abuse services and long-term care among others services. The Department has more than 50 public health offices across the state and oversees and licenses many health care facilities and practitioners, providing health oversight and assisting with emergency preparedness.

Position 4, 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
Jill S. Vogel joined Brown and Fortunato, P.C.'s Health Care Group in 2014, after 11 years of private practice at a highly regarded El Paso, Texas, law firm, and two years as Chief Legal Officer for a hospital in El Paso. She is Board Certified in Health Law by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas. Jill is a member of the Health Law Sections of both the State Bar of New Mexico and the Texas Bar Association, and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Amarillo Bar Association, and El Paso Bar Association. Ms. Vogel is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a participant in the Texas Hospital Association's Leadership Fellows inaugural class of 2014, and a member of Amarillo's Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Institutional Review Board. Her practice focuses on health care transactional, regulatory, and licensing matters affecting hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, home medical equipment companies, and other health care providers. She has represented several national hospital systems, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers in a wide range of areas, including health care litigation, peer review and medical staff matters, regulatory compliance, risk management, health care ethics, research compliance and business transactions.

Ryan Harrigan

Nominating Committee Chair


Tom Dean, 2012 Health Law Section Chair

Tom Dean, 2012 Health Law Section Chair, received an award from 2013 section chair, Scot Sauder, recognizing his service to the Health Law Section.

The general purpose of the Section is:

A. To provide a common organization for New Mexico attorneys practicing or interested in the field of health law, which includes but is not limited to the representation of hospitals or hospital associations, nursing homes or nursing home associations, physicians or associations of physicians, pharmacists or associations of pharmacists, or other health care providers, federal or state agencies involved in administering, providing, or regulating health care or health care providers, or insurance companies or insurance associations specializing in health care providers;

B. To further the professional development of New Mexico attorneys in the field of health law through the formal and informal exchange of information and the presentation or sponsorship of continuing legal education programs and other educational activities directed to health law practitioners and their clients;

C. To promote a high level of ethical and professional representation in the field of health law in New Mexico;

D. To promote dialogue among interested New Mexico attorneys and health care providers in the area of medical-legal ethics and related concerns;

E. To participate in an appropriate manner in governmental processes by providing a means for the exchange of information between representatives of government and health law practitioners and their clients;

F. To provide service to the public of New Mexico consistent with the interests, expertise, and resources of the Section and its members.


You may be enrolled as a member of the Health Law Section if

a) you are a member in good standing of the State Bar of New Mexico, and

b) you submit a Section Application Form to the State Bar of New Mexico, and

c) your payment of the stated amount due is submitted with your application.

You may enroll at any time during the year; however, your membership will expire in December of that same year. Dues for membership in this Section are $20 per calendar year. Please contact 797-6035 if you have a question regarding payment of dues.



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