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Welcome to Feature Friday
Happy Friday to all! Today we have a special treat for Feature Friday. Our ABA Health Law Section Council Chair, Hilary Young has been roped into our super fun Friday feature.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, Hilary Young!
Hilary Young is a partner with Joy & Young LLP. Her practice focuses on Texas and federal regulatory, licensing, certification, and operations matters. Ms. Young is the current Chair of the ABA Health Law Section. In addition, she served on the State Bar of Texas Health Law Council and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Examination Committee. Ms. Young is board certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.A. in Latin from the University of Oklahoma, and an A.B. in Latin and History, Cum Laude, from Duke University. Before entering private practice, Ms. Young served as a law clerk for the late Jerre S. Williams, Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
(Crikey! Now, that's a croc! Check out our fearless Section Chair conquering her pathological childhood fear of death by alligator by posing with a friend during a swamp tour in New Orleans at EMI in 2017.)
Q: What do you like most about being a lawyer?
Hilary: I like having and using the perspective and analytical skills that I acquired in law school and through practice. And I like working with my clients and colleagues to solve problems, comply with rules, and resolve disputes.
Q: Why health law?
Hilary: Health law is a great fit for me substantively and procedurally. First, I grew up interested in medicine. My father was a doctor whose internal medicine and hematology training took him into oncology before it was a widely recognized specialty. I loved discussing his work with him. I worked in his office and later in the emergency department of a community hospital during high school. But my preference for Latin, history, and theatre studies over chemistry led me to teaching rather than medical school. After working for ten years I went to law school. The skills I enjoy include a combination of research, writing, teaching, counseling, collaborating with others, problem-solving, and seeking win-win solutions. A litigation practice was not for me, and health law was. There are many different ways to practice health law. For me, the fun is in advising health care providers, typically those working in hospitals, on how to operate in compliance with the rules and on how to demonstrate compliance to regulators. We often work with the same client contacts and the same regulators, and it is gratifying to have positive working relationships with both groups.
Q: What is one piece of advice that was given to you and has stuck with you?
Hilary: Answer the client’s question—and don’t just analyze the law and tell a client “no” if there is a way the client can legally achieve their goals.
Q: If you could uninvent one thing, considering the implications of uninventing it, what would it be?
Hilary: Today it would be the atomic bomb. While the bomb arguably brought WW2 to an abrupt close, and nuclear energy offers some environmental upside in generating power, this technology poses an unacceptable threat to the world if it is under the control of unstable and mercurial leaders.
Q: How do you define success?
Hilary: Doing satisfying work, having a wonderful group of friends and family, being able to contribute and help others, having enough resources to not worry about how to cover my bills and have some extra to put out into the world, and laughing every day.
Q: If you were stuck on a desert island and could have 3 things with you, what would those 3 things be?
Hilary: A knife, a magnifying glass, and a blanket.
Q: Tell us three things that are on your bucket list.
Hilary: Go to Hawaii, go to Australia and New Zealand, and spend an extended period of time in Paris.
Q: Who is one person, dead or alive, that you would like to have dinner with? Why?
Hilary: Amal Clooney. I would love to hear her story, what drew her to her practice and her commitment to human rights, and how she forged that path.
Q: Why are ABA Health Law Section important to you?
Hilary: The professional community. I love the Section and being involved with it. Initially, the Section provided me with helpful information and tools to support my practice. But then I attended my first Emerging Issues Conference in 2002, and over the next few years the Section became an important community for me. I now have significant mentors, close friends, and wonderful colleagues around the country. If I have a thorny issue, all I have to do is “phone a friend” from the Section to get guidance and support. I have been able to get involved through various leadership positions. And I love going to our in-person meetings and conferences and seeing everyone.
Q: What have you liked most about being the Section Chair?
Hilary: There are several things that come to mind. I love working closely with Simeon Carson, the Section Director, and also with the staff and officers to deal with issues and keep the Section humming along. I love the in-person Council meetings, where magic can happen—people come up with ideas that spark more ideas from others, and a new pathway suddenly opens up. And I love being a part of the SOC Executive Committee and OneABA Working Group, giving the Section a voice in the bigger organization, and I hope communicating the Section’s long-standing commitment to being innovative and inclusive in serving our members and supporting the goals of the ABA.
I think we can all agree that Hilary is a rock star. The Health Law Section would like to thank Hilary for participating in Feature Friday and for her continued service to the ABA and the law profession.