August 2005 Volume 1 Number 12

Chair's Column
by J.A. (Tony) Patterson, Jr., Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Dallas, TX

J.A. (Tony) Patterson, Jr.This Saturday, at the Section’s Annual Membership Meeting in Chicago, I will turn over the Chair’s gavel to Greg Pemberton. Greg will be a fine Chair, ably assisted by your continuing and newly-elected members of the Governing Council of the Section, our Interest Group, Publications, Programs, other Member leadership and our Section staff. Thank you for the privilege of serving you this past year. As a member-driven, volunteer-led Section, I am proud of what we have accomplished this past year. I am looking forward to my continuing role with the Section to make it even more meaningful to our Members.

If I were to thank each person who played a significant role in the successes we enjoyed this year, the list would replace the articles in this issue of eSource. So let me make two broad statements of thanks. The first goes to those who have led the effort to make the ABA Health eSource another of our Member benefits: first, to Howard Wall and Bonnie Brier for their efforts in taking the idea for this monthly publication and making it become a reality, next to the authors who contributed their time and expertise for your benefit, then to Adam Bielawski and Jill Pena for their work in soliciting and assembling the articles and doing other “behind-the-scenes” work needed to get each issue out timely, and last but far from least, to Michael E. Clark, Charles Key and Marla Durben Hirsch for their leadership in soliciting and editing each issue. The Section owes each of them high praise and an expression of gratitude for their fine work.

I would like to end my final eSource Chair’s Column by repeating a quote I used in one of my first Chair’s Columns, from Hubert H. Humphrey, former Senator and Vice-President of the United States, which appears in the lobby of the Health and Human Services Building in Washington, D.C. I can think of no better expression of a guiding principle for us as members of the Health Law Section, members of the legal professional and citizens in this great United States.

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life—the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

Best wishes to one and all. I look forward to continuing to serve the Section with you.