Sam Coppersmith Extends Decades of Helping Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center by Joining Board of Directors

Sam Coppersmith Extends Decades of Helping Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center by Joining Board of Directors

Already a fixture in the Arizona nonprofit community, Sam Coppersmith expanded his involvement by accepting an invitation to join the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) Board of Directors. Sam is deeply passionate about conservation and proud to support the nonprofit’s mission to protect and rehabilitate the region’s native animals.  Sam and Coppersmith Brockelman have a longstanding relationship with SWCC, helping the organization with zoning issues, permits, concession agreements, litigation, and contract negotiation since 1998. Established in 1994, SWCC is the state’s leading sanctuary and veterinary science facility for injured or displaced wild animals. They played a prominent role in the recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf. In addition, the Center serves a valuable educational resource for the community.  Sam has more than three decades of experience providing counsel to nonprofit...

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Mel Soliz Continues Legacy of Community Involvement by Joining Rosie’s House Board

Mel Soliz Continues Legacy of Community Involvement by Joining Rosie’s House Board

Committed to making a difference in the community, Mel Soliz recently joined the board of directors of Rosie’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides a free music academy and mentorship for kids in downtown Phoenix. Helping children is a priority for Mel, a mother who previously served for three years on the board of young professionals for Gabriel’s Angel’s, a nonprofit focused on providing pet therapy for at-risk children. Her passion and legal expertise will be especially helpful as Rosie’s House embarks on a capital campaign for a new campus. In addition to her nonprofit service, Mel is also involved with a number of professional organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA) and ADHS Human Subjects Research Board. She also is...

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Naomi Jorgensen Joins ALA Arizona Board as Director at Large and Community Connection Chair

Naomi Jorgensen Joins ALA Arizona Board as Director at Large and Community Connection Chair

Having served as Coppersmith Brockelman’s Chief Administrative Officer and Firm Administrator for the last three years, Naomi Jorgensen is helping advance the professional legal management industry. The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Arizona Chapter recently elected her as Director at Large and the Community Connection Chair for 2020-2021. As Community Connection Chair, Naomi works to encourage ALA members, firms, business partners, relatives and friends to come together to contribute time, energy and resources toward improving their communities. She will organize a community service project or fundraiser to bring chapter members and business partners together to support a good cause.  As a Director at Large, Naomi helps ALA Arizona improve the quality of management in legal service organizations, promote and enhance the competence of professionalism of legal administrators, and represent...

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COVID-19 LEGISLATION

COVID-19 LEGISLATION: What Employers Need to Know

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), which includes two sections providing emergency paid leave rights to employees. After some modifications by the House on Monday, the bill went to the Senate, which overwhelmingly approved it on Wednesday, March 18. President Trump signed it the same day.  The two leave-related components of the legislation take effect on April 2, 2020, 15 days after enactment, and sunset (expire) on December 31, 2020. For unstated reasons – but likely a political compromise – the law applies only to private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees. (It also applies to public agencies of all sizes.) Below is a summary of what such employers need...

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Melissa Soliz Discusses Health Information Privacy with Pinal County Justice System

The justice system often needs access to health information in order to ensure fair and equitable justice, but is often unaware of the complex web of state and federal privacy laws that restrict when health care providers may share health information with justice system personnel. This lack of understanding often creates tension and confusion between the health care system and the justice system. To close that gap in understanding, Health Current (Arizona’s statewide health information) provided an educational seminar to the Pinal County justice system on how to navigate health information privacy laws for justice system purposes.    During the presentation, titled “The Privacy of Health Information and the Judicial System: HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2 and State Law,” Melissa Soliz and co-presenter Chase Millea provided an overview of...

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Kristen Rosati Explains Complicated Web of Laws Regulating Privacy in Oncology Treatment and Research at National Cancer Policy Forum

American Health Lawyers Association Taps Kristen Rosati to Plan Conference and Moderate Panel

As a nationally recognized leader in health care law, Kristen Rosati was invited for a fourth year to be on the program planning committee for the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute. Kristen was also invited to moderate a panel on “Doing Deals in the Genomic and Big Data Era.” Attracting top in-house and outside counsel who advise the nation's leading teaching hospitals and medical centers, this annual event addresses the unique legal issues they face. Kristen and the planning committee developed content programming, including in-depth sessions covering genomic medicine, Big Data, and foreign influence on research.  During the conference, which was in late January in Arlington, Va., Kristen moderated a panel discussion about “Doing Deals in the Genomic and Big Data Era.” She and...

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