Health Law Section

John Mumford, chair

Number of Members as of June 30, 2012: 552

Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012: $7,900

Activities & Continuing Legal Education

Virginia Lawyer – The section was the featured section in the December 2011 Virginia Lawyer issue, and provided articles and content for this issue. 

Mid-Year Seminar – The section provided a session on mental health issues and the law at the 2011 Virginia State Bar mid-year seminar in Greece. 

VSB Annual Meeting – The section, in conjunction with the General Practice Section, provided a session at the 2012 VSB Annual Meeting titled “Involuntary Commitments, Advance Medical Directives and HIPAA – Health Law Issues for All Attorneys.”

14th Annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update - On May 8, 2012, the section co-sponsored the annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update with The Virginia Bar Association.  During this half-day program, members of the Virginia government presented information on the status of and changes to various health-related programs and responded to questions from attendees. 

National Health Care Decisions Day – Since 2006, the section has spearheaded an annual statewide Health Care Decisions Day to raise public awareness for the need to plan ahead for health care decisions related to end of life care and for medical decision-making.  The Commonwealth of Virginia has a detailed statutory framework for facilitating health care decision-making, and periodic amendments further enhance the comprehensive statutory provisions.  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. 

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 added new content to the webpage as a useful resource for its members. 


2011-2012 section Officers:  John B. Mumford Jr., chair; R. Brent Rawlings, vice chair; Elizabeth G. Robertson, secretary; Amanda L. Kutz, immediate past chair.

2012-2013 section Officers:  R. Brent Rawlings, chair; Elizabeth G. Robertson, vice chair; Michelle E. Calloway, secretary; John B. Mumford Jr., immediate past chair.




Updated: Aug 16, 2012