Health Law Section

Alan S. Goldberg, chair

Number of Members (June 30, 2009): 542

Budget (fiscal year ending June 30, 2009): $8,000


The Health Law Section serves lawyers who deal with the administration of health care. On May 7, 2009, the section provided continuing legal education at the Eleventh Annual Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza, in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association.

The section also publishes a newsletter, the Virginia Health Lawyer, and produces programs of interest to the general health care professional. The section’s board of governors invites all members to attend its meetings.

Virginia's Advance Directives Day, cosponsored by the section and a coalition of health care organizations, was observed on April 16, 2009. The annual event, which began in 2006, inspired the establishment of National Healthcare Decisions Day. In Virginia and nationally, this event is an effort to raise public awareness of the importance of planning health for end-of-life care, and using an advance directive to communicate those plans. In Virginia and nationally, thousands of people have received information on advance directives and taken steps to make their wishes known.

In 2009, the Virginia General Assembly expanded the scope of Virginia's advance directive law, adding the ability to set forth treatment wishes for all forms of care. Significantly, these changes enable people to document their wishes with respect to care for mental illness, dementia, and any other non-end-of-life care when the patient may not be able to make informed decisions. Health Law Section member Nathan A. Kottkamp has been a leader of both Advance Directives Day and development of the legislation.

Board of Governors

Section governors in 2009-10 are Alan S. Goldberg, chair; Amanda Lee Kutz, vice chair; Tracey Lee Cover; Jennifer Louise Deschenes; Jason Oliver Houser; and John Becker Mumford Jr.

Updated: Sep 03, 2009