Health Law Section

Amanda L. Kutz, chair

Number of members as of June 30, 2011: 530

Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011: $8,000


National Health Care Decisions Day
Since 2006, the Health Law Section has spearheaded an annual statewide Health Care Decisions Day to raise public awareness for the need to plan ahead for end-of-life care and medical decision making. Virginia has a detailed statutory framework for facilitating health care decision making, and periodic amendments further enhance the comprehensive statutory provisions. Section board members participated in updating the Virginia State Bar website with information regarding health care decisions, to make the page consistent with changes in the law. Michelle E. Calloway organized this project. 

Health Law Student Writing Contest
The section sponsored its first health law student writing contest. We contacted the deans at all Virginia law schools to publicize the event in January 2011 and requested entries by April 15, 2011. In addition, Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy agreed to select the winner. Unfortunately, we had no entries submitted. However, we plan to sponsor another writing competition in 2012 and work on our efforts to drum up interest at the various law schools. Elizabeth G. Robertson led this project.

Virginia Lawyer
The section agreed to participate as the featured section in the December 2011 edition of Virginia Lawyer. Elizabeth G. Robertson is leading this effort.

Webpage Project
The section reviewed its current webpage and conducted a review of various other section pages on the Virginia State Bar site as well as other health law section sites on other states’ bar pages. The section desires to redesign the webpage so it can be a more useful resource for its members. R. Brent Rawlings and Patrick J. Hurd are revising the webpage.

Member Communications and Newsletter

The section decided to distribute news to its members electronically rather than in print. Section newsletters, news, and events were announced through an electronic mailing list.

Midyear Legal Seminar
The section submitted a proposal to provide a featured speaker at the 2011 Virginia State Bar Midyear Legal Seminar.  Patrick J. Hurd will present on mental health issues and the law.

Continuing legal education
The section continues to provide continuing legal education. On May 4, 2011, the section cosponsored the annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update with the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. During this half-day program, members of the Virginia government presented information on the status of and changes to health-related programs and responded to questions from attendees. Jeremy A. Ball led coordination efforts on behalf of the section.

Additionally, in collaboration with the Access to Legal Services Committee, the section sponsored a CLE program on June 17, 2011, at the VSB Annual Meeting. The program, “Health Reform 2011 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities for Virginia Attorneys and Their Clients,” addressed the status of health care reform in Virginia, its impact on health systems and the uninsured or underinsured, and included an ethics component. The faculty included section Vice Chair John B. Mumford Jr. of Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagel PC; W. Scott Johnson, also of the Hancock firm and a member of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative; John F. Duval, chief executive officer of MCV Hospitals; Abigail Turner, litigation director at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville; and James M. McCauley, VSB ethics counsel. Kimberly H. Gillespie, Alan S. Goldberg, John B. Mumford Jr., and Amanda L. Kutz coordinated the program.

2010–-11 section officers: Amanda L. Kutz, chair; John B. Mumford Jr., vice chair; Jennifer L. Deschenes, secretary; Alan S. Goldberg, immediate past chair.

2011–12 officers: John B. Mumford Jr., chair; Jennifer L. Deschenes, vice chair; Amanda L. Kutz, immediate past chair.

Updated: Jul 26, 2011