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DL Sanders has practiced water law in the state and federal courts of New Mexico since 1990. He has been a member of bar for the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and has been admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counselor of the United States Supreme Court. From 2001-2014, he served as Chief Counsel to the New Mexico State Engineer providing legal counsel and supervising all litigation related to or arising from the statutory duties of the state engineer. DL was appointed by the governor to the Western States Water Counsel (WSWC) and served as a commissioner on the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC), by designation of the state engineer. He regularly presents at Continuing Legal Education Programs on myriad water law topics; he has appeared regularly before the New Mexico legislature and has provided both written and oral testimony before and at the request of the United States Congress. While in Law School at UNM, he was a member of the editorial staff of the Natural Resources Journal.  He loves the outdoors but his knees limit him to skiing and tennis, a lot both. He is also an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

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