Clifford M. Rees retired on Sept. 1, 2005 after 25 years with state government, where he worked as staff attorney for the New Mexico State Agency on Aging, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and as general counsel of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.
During his 23 years with the NMDOH, he specialized in the areas of behavioral health, drug policy reform, public health, emergency medical services, emergency preparedness, public procurement and the legislative process. He was the department's lead attorney for public health emergency preparedness from 1999-2004 and in the aftermath of 9/11, he represented NMDOH in a study of New Mexico’s emergency preparedness laws that was conducted by NMDOH, the NM Department of Public Safety and the NM Attorney General’s Office. The study involved reviewing emergency preparedness statutes, conducting eight public hearings throughout the state, convening meetings with state agencies and other interested parties and making recommendations in the form of legislation introduced in the 2003 New Mexico Legislature. This nationally recognized public process lead to the enactment of the New Mexico Public Health Emergency Response Act effective April 6, 2003, and other state emergency preparedness legislation.
Rees is currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Disaster Medicine as an assistant research professor. He also serves as a legislative analyst for the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee during the legislative session. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Health Law and Public Law sections and the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.