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Dykema Member Becomes Chair Of State Bar Of Michigan Health Care Section

October 5, 2009

Bloomfield Hills

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announces that Joanne R. Lax became Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Care Law Section for the 2009-2010 Bar year. Joanne previously served as the Chair-elect and Section Secretary, Chair of the Provider Subcommittee of the Substantive Law Committee, co-chair of the Technology Subcommittee of the Substantive Law Committee and member of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee. The Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, through its committees and programs, provides a forum for members to meet, exchange ideas, and improve knowledge and skills.

Joanne represents health care providers (particularly hospitals and long-term care facilities) regarding state and federal regulatory compliance, administrative regulatory litigation, patient rights, biomedical ethics, mental health treatment delivery, privacy, risk management, and contract negotiation. In addition to the Health Care Section of the State Bar, Joanne is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (where she is Vice Chair of the Long Term Care, Senior Housing, In Home Care and Rehabilitation Practice Group, and a member of the Diversity Council), the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (where she is a past member of the Core Legal Committee), and Aging Services of Michigan. She is a regular speaker for these organizations as well as the American Hospital Association, American Optometric Association, Michigan Department of Community Health – Office of Recipient Rights, Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Michigan Alliance of Healthcare Access Professionals, and the Michigan Health Information Management Association.

A member of Dykema’s Bloomfield Hills office with over thirty years of legal experience, Joanne obtained her A.B. from the University of Michigan, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.