ABA Health eSource
October 2008 Volume 5 Number 2

Chair's Column
by Vickie Yates Brown, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville, KY

Vickie Yates BrownThe new ABA Bar year is well under way. The "Big ABA" held the Section Officers Conference ("SOC") in Chicago in mid-September and in conjunction, the Health Law Section held its Interest Group ("IG") training and first Council meeting of this bar year. For this Chair's column, I will share aspects of each meeting which I think the Health Law Section ("HLS") members will find of interest.

The HLS's IG Chairs and Vice Chairs kicked off their meetings with an evening of pizza and bowling. However, training began in earnest the next day under the leadership of staff, along with Joyce Hall, Martin Thompson and Kirk Nahra.

In this series of meetings we outlined the Section's expectations as well as each IG's individual responsibilities. Each IG leader also learned important components of the Section, the Section's role within the Big ABA, and how their IG coordinates with both. I joined in on several planning sessions and am particularly excited about the cutting edge teleconference programs the IGs planned for the coming year. I think you will find the programming useful, practical, and only available within the ABA.

The SOC meeting immediately followed the IG leader training and was equally productive. The HLS was well represented, and most of the Section's officers attended. In addition to attending breakout sessions and getting better acquainted with officers from other Sections, the plenary sessions devoted most of their time to identifying Section priorities and best practices -- an exercise begun last year. Some priorities identified were membership, mentoring, and publications. We are currently assembling best practices and I will update you on those adopted by the HLS.

The event culminated on the third day with the first Council meeting of this bar year. Due to the prior preparation of staff and Council members, in conjunction with high attendance, the meeting produced substantive results. The highlight of the Council meeting was undoubtedly a visit by Tom Susman, the newly appointed head of the ABA Government Affairs office, as the HLS has historically been involved in healthcare policy issues. With the leadership and collaboration of Tom, the HLS is looking forward to expanding its leadership on telemedicine, particularly the issues of disaster preparedness and provider credentialing.

The HLS has committed staff and leadership at all levels. I am looking forward to a productive year!

In the meantime, I want to share one of my favorite fall recipes with you --- my Grandmother Yates' recipe for Apple Butter. My Grandfather and Grandmother Yates were farmers in Kentucky and lived their entire lives within a 10 mile radius of their birthplaces.

During these tough economic times, we are seeing a renewed interest in living a more self sufficient lifestyle. For farm families, this usually means spending time canning and preserving fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. This recipe is the best fruit preserve recipe for apple butter that I have ever tasted. The smell of it cooking in the oven alone is worth the effort.

Mammaw Yates' Apple Butter

10 cups apple pulp
5 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp. cloves
1 tsp. allspice
½ cup apple cider vinegar

Mix all of the above ingredients together well. Place in a large roasting pan and cook in a 325 deg. oven for 2 hours or until thick and beginning to turn brown. Stir often while cooking. Seal in sterile jars.

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