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August 09, 2022

ABA Health Law Section Announces Creation of the Dobbs Task Force

The ABA Health Law Section announces the creation of the Dobbs Task Force (“Task Force”) to examine the legal implications of the landmark Supreme Court decision. The Task Force will be chaired by Chair-Elect Adrienne Dresevic.

The Task Force’s mission is to provide educational materials for Health Law Section (HLS) members whose clients are impacted by the complex health law issues related to Dobbs. The Task Force’s focus will be on creating the high quality, non-partisan educational materials concerning health law issues.

The Dobbs Task Force is currently looking for HLS volunteers for the following projects:

  1. 50 State Survey and FAQs: Seeking volunteers from each state to commit to contribute up-to-date information on various topics implicated by Dobbs. This will also involve creating a series of FAQ documents to guide members of specific issues impacting members of each state.
  2. Subject Matter Experts/Publications/Presentations: Seeking volunteers to contribute to publications, programming and podcasts. Please send your proposed topics along with subject matter experts / topics.

Consistent with the Section’s practice examining any legal topic impacting our members, all materials created should focus on legal implications, and not reflect a HLS member’s political persuasion or political views on Dobbs or any particular state law.

Given the importance of this issue, HLS is committed to providing the latest information to our members as quickly as possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Simeon Carson ([email protected]) and Adrienne Dresevic ([email protected]) no later than Friday, August 19, 2022.

The following leaders comprise the Dobbs Task Force:

Adrienne Dresevic, The Health Law Partners, Farmington Hills, MI
Ellee Cochran, Husch Blackwell, Austin, TX
David Ellenbogen, Medica, Minnetonka, MN
Mark Faccenda, Norton Rose Fulbright, Washington, DC
Bruce Howell, HowellHealthLaw, Portland, OR
Colin Luke, Waller, Nashville, TN
Hayley Penan, California Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Office, Sacramento, CA
Kathy Lynn Poppitt, King & Spalding, Austin, TX
Robyn Shapiro, Health Sciences Law Group, Mequon, WI
W. Thomas Smith, Manchester Univ College of Pharmacy, Fort Wayne, IN
Lisa D. Taylor, Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, Boca Raton, FL
Kenya Woodruff, Katten, Dallas, TX
Tammy Ward Woffenden, Locke Lord, Austin, TX

Please note other entities within the ABA have also created task forces to address Dobbs issues. This includes the ABA Law, Society and the Judiciary Task Force announced by ABA President Reginald Turner. According to the President’s statement, “It will also examine ways the association can continue its work to enhance respect for the judiciary and advance the Rule of Law.”

We are looking forward to hearing from you and providing resources to our members! 

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