ABA Health eSource
 November 2005 Volume 2 Number 3

Chair's Column
by Gregory L. Pemberton, Ice Miller, Indianapolis, IN

Gregory L. PembertonIf you do a Google™ search of the word "summit", you get quite a collection of search engine results. It includes an auto racing supply company, a religious ministry, a number of mountain references, a record shop, and even a venture capital firm. However, most of the sites refer to a summit as a major meeting. That, my friends, is actually what happened in Washington, DC last month. The Section held the Third Annual Washington Healthcare Summit and, boy, was it ever a show.

The speakers were first rate and provided great insight and candor. The elected, appointed and agency officials all were warmly received (or at least treated with deference) and the attendees from various levels of government also contributed with their thoughts in an informal manner. I was pleased and can report a grand success all around. And for my money, the top prize for substance and entertainment goes to the IRS' David Fish. His rendition of "Losing My Exemption" (to the tune of REM's "Losing My Religion") complete with guitar solo provided a new soul to Section 4958 and the IRS intermediate sanctions. Legal education doesn't get any better than that.

Kudos are appropriate and well earned by so many. Our Co-Chairs, Linda Baumann and Tom Dowdell, and their talented planning committee put together a great two days with sessions filled with substance and timely information. Our Co-Sponsors included the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, the ABA Sections of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, of Business Law, and of State and Local Government Law, and the Health Law Sections of the DC Bar, the Florida Bar, the New York State Bar, and the Virginia Bar. Our financial sponsors included BNA, my law firm Ice Miller, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Reed Smith, LLP, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P., Crowell & Moring, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Kennedy Covington, Bremner Healthcare Real Estate, Holland & Knight, McDermott Will & Emery, and Quarles & Brady, LLP. Finally, my personal heartfelt thanks go to Jill Peña, Kate Kulas, Adam Bielawski, and our rookie, Abbey Palagi. They managed to pull off another great event and made it look easy.

Mentioning BNA reminds me of our latest Section/BNA publication. As I type this ditty, the Managed Care Litigation volume (edited by the talented and hard working Julie Barnes) is being printed. It is currently available by order with a Section member discount. Surf over to BNA Website if you are interested in this timely and helpful work. It Wold Champion 2005 Chicago White Soxwill fit nicely on the shelf next to your other copies of Section materials.

Finally, Jill and Kate would probably not forgive me if I did not comment on the historic baseball event of the last week. The White Sox have finally won a World Series and did it in grand style. Our friendly wager of food with David and Tony will be quite a treat. As always, thanks for hanging in on my narrative until the end. Take care.