June 2013 Volume 9 Number 10

Chair's Column: Get the Most Out of Your Health Law Section Membership

By Hal Katz, Co-Chair, Health Law Section Membership Committee
Brown McCarroll LLP, Austin, TX

AuthorTrying to keep up with healthcare reform and industry changes? Looking for opportunities to interact with key regulators and experts in the industry? Interested in speaking, writing or playing a leadership role in a health law organization? Look no further! Your membership in the Health Law Section provides all of these opportunities, and more! Regardless of where you might be in your health law career, the Health Law Section strives to be the one constant you can count on for information, networking, educational opportunities and much more. To help you find the best place for where you fit in, here are a few suggestions.

Complimentary Interest Group membership. It’s free! We have twelve substantive interest groups (“IGs”) covering all aspects of health law, including fraud and compliance, physician issues, eHealth and privacy, transactional, life sciences, public health and policy, and much more. The Section’s content comes from the dedicated leaders and members of these IGs. Join an interest group and be part of this essential process for creating programming, like our Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference, webinars, books and other important health law-related offerings that serve to help enhance your practice. Join now.

Pathway to leadership. We have over 220 dedicated leaders who as a whole represent all 9,000 of our growing membership. Our leadership includes our Governing Council, Programs Division, Publications Division, Administrative Division, Member Service Division, Policy Division and of course our Interest Groups. Though there are limited spots, every voice is important, and if you are interested in participating please let us know.

Writing opportunities. Writing for the Section is open to every member. If you want to write for the Health Lawyer, the flagship journal of the Section or eSource, our monthly e-zine, you just need to submit a topic for consideration. All topics and articles will be considered in accordance with our publication guidelines and we’ll work directly with you. Law students are eligible to write through our Annual Law Student Writing Competition as well as summaries of Health Lawyer articles on our law student webpage.

Discounted CLE. The Section has three amazing main in-person programs, Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law, held in February; Physicians Legal Issues Conference in June and Washington Health Law Summit in December. These programs not only have tremendous substantive value, but are excellent networking opportunities. With membership comes deep discounts for participation. I’ve attended each of these conferences, and I promise you it’s one of the best investments to advancing your career.

The Section also provides between 20 and 30 webinars a year. All topics for our webinars and in-person programs are developed by members for members. If you are interested in submitting a topic or serving as a panelist for any of our programming, please engage with us and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Member benefit programs. Our IGs provide monthly substantive teleconferences that are available at no cost to our members. Recent programs include “The What and Why of the Sunshine Act,” “Cells as Drugs: FDA Regulation of an Individual’s Cells” and “What’s for Dinner?: Food Regulation and Public Health.” These programs are also available as a free podcast to all members. For our law student members, we have the Law Student Career Podcast series. Students are provided practical tips from practicing attorneys on how to position themselves for a bright health law career.

Are you getting the most out of your Health Law Section membership? If not, and are interested in any of the above opportunities, we’d like to hear from you. Please contact Simeon Carson, Associate Director, at simeon.carson@americanbar.org.

— Hal Katz

The ABA Health eSource is distributed automatically to members of the ABA Health Law Section . Please feel free to forward it! Non-members may also sign up to receive the ABA Health eSource.