Health Law Section

by Alan S. Goldberg, chair

Number of Members: (June 30, 2010):  524

Budget: (fiscal year ending June 30, 2010): $8,000


The membership of the Health Law Section consists of those in legal practice devoted to dealing with the administration of health care. The section has been active in the continuing legal education, including cosponsorship of an annual health law legislative update and a program in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. Since 2006, the section has spearheaded an annual statewide Health Care Decisions Day to raise public awareness for the need to plan for health care decisions related to end-of-life care and for medical decision-making.

National Health Care Decisions Day

This event, held April 16, 2010, provided an opportunity for the section to support and provide education regarding critical health care decision making. Virginia has a detailed statutory framework for facilitating health care decisions, and periodic amendments further enhance the comprehensive statutory provisions.  Many members of the Virginia State Bar actively participate each year in this exciting and valuable initiative.

Health Law Legislative Update

In cooperation with The Virginia Bar Association, the section participated in a legislative update during which members of Virginia government presented information and responded to questions. The event took place May 12, 2010.

VSB Young Lawyers Conference Programs 

The section provided assistance to the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer's Conference, which partnered with LINC to update and enhance the publication, Legal Handbook for Cancer Survivors, with support from an American Bar Association grant..

Virginia Health Lawyer

The section published its first electronic newsletter, which was posted on its website in spring 2010. The newsletter provides an update on section activities for the members and invites participation in our activities.

Health Law Reform CLE

In collaboration with the Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee, the Health Law Section sponsored a continuing legal education program, “Health Reform 2010 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities for Virginia Attorneys and their Clients.” Particular attention was given to the time line and a critical-issues checklist to implement new law and address issues that it raises. A question-and-answer session followed the presentations. The presenters included section Chair Alan S. Goldberg, moderator; John D. Ward, MD, chief medical officer of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and MCV Physicians;  and Jill A. Hanken, a staff attorney at the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

Board of Governors

New members of the section’s board of governors for 2010-11 are Jeremy A. Ball, Michelle E. Calloway, Lauren B. Coiner, Kimberly H. Gillespie, Jason O. Houser, Patrick J. Hurd, R. Brent Rawlings, and Elizabeth G. Robertson. Officers for 2010-11 are Amanda L. Kutz, chair; John B. Mumford Jr., vice chair; Jennifer L. Deschenes, secretary; and Alan S. Goldberg, immediate past chair.

Updated: Mar 08, 2011