Note from the chair
Welcome to the January issue of the Health Law Section
newsletter. This newsletter will continue to update you on
information about CLE programs, meetings, hot legal developments
and other section news.
Happy New Year to all! The Health Law Section Council is
continuing to keep busy as we kick off 2011. We are excited to be
presenting a CLE on end-of-life issues that is expected to be held
on Thursday, April 7. Please mark your calendars now as this is an
exciting and informative presentation that you will not want to
miss. More specific details to follow shortly. The Health Law
Section Council has also prepared and will be sponsoring a
resolution pertaining to Medical-Legal Partnerships that we hope to
get approved at the next House of Delegates meeting on Thursday,
Jan. 20. And of course, we will be capping off the year with a
Health Law Conference.
There is a lot we hope to get done this year. We certainly invite
and hope you will get involved in anyway possible by sending in
questions or ideas for CLEs, or preparing articles of interest and
of course attending and participating in any Health Law sponsored
events. Make the most of your membership.
Looking back to 2010, the Health Law Section Council invited
Reni Gertner, editor of the Massachusetts
Medical Law Report to attend the Nov. 9 meeting. Gertner
discussed the Mass. Medical Law Report -- a guide for
medical professionals that focuses on legal issues and is sent to
8,500 physicians/healthcare providers bi-monthly. The Mass.
Medical Law Report focuses on risk, regulatory and compliance
and for the past two years, has sponsored the Risk Management
Conference for Physicians. They have also formed a partnership with
the Massachusetts Medical Society.
As a reminder, we are in the planning stage for the Health Law
Conference that will take place later this year, likely in
June. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas
of what you want to learn about or if you have any interest in
presenting. You can contact me at [e-mail sfiore] or MBA Sections Administrator
Jean Stevens at [e-mail jstevens].
Stephen M. Fiore, chair
Health Law Section Council
Upcoming Health Law section council meeting
As a member of the Health Law section,
you are invited to attend the Health Section Council meeting on
Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West
The Health Law Section Council will be
holding its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month
from 5 to 6:30 p.m., usually at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. As a
member of this section, you can keep abreast of the meeting dates
by checking here.
Interested in learning more about another MBA section?
Check out upcoming section open meetings
Individual Rights &
Responsibilities Section open meeting
What's Bullying? Emerging Trends in
Civil And Criminal Law as to the Anti-Bullying Law
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4-6
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council is
sponsoring an open meeting for MBA members on Wednesday, Feb. 9
from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston, on the topic of
bullying. What's Bullying? Emerging Trends in Civil And
Criminal Law as to the Anti-Bullying Law is designed to
educate lawyers on the recently passed anti-bullying legislation
and how it will affect victims and potential clients, including
individuals, schools and municipalities. Attendees will learn how
individuals and others are affected. Frank A. Smith
III, Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section vice
chair, will moderate the discussion. Guest speakers include:
Hon. Bettina Borders, first justice, Bristol
County Juvenile Court, Hon. Mary Dacey White,
associate justice, Lynn District Court, attorney Richard
Cole, attorney John Davis and
Arline Isaacson, co-chairwoman of the
Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.
Discussion topics will include:
- Model bullying prevention and intervention plans;
- Academic and non-academic activities and who is affected;
- Practices and procedures for reporting and responding to
bullying and retaliation; and
- Role of the court and lawyer.
Save the date: Immigration Section
Council open meeting
Ask the Experts: Legal Ethics For
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:15-6:45
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Tentative speakers: Anne S.J. Kaufman,
Esq., director of the Attorney Client Assistance Program and Stacey
Best, assistant Bar Counsel of the BBO.
The topics will include: Who is the client? Issues and cautions in
joint representations in family and business matters; Use of IOLTA
for costs and filing fees due to the Immigration Service,
retainers, co-mingling funds for fees and costs; Mandatory
reporting of alleged ethical violations; Any other matters that the
BBO sees as an issue; and Current cases regarding issues in
The MBA is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Join the conversation today
The Massachusetts Bar Association now has a presence on three
social networking platforms, including Facebook, launched in October 2010, LinkedIn, launched in January 2010, and Twitter,
launched in July 2009. All three social media platforms feature
information about the MBA including CLE, events and news.
As an MBA member, we encourage you to both post items of
interest to you, and the greater legal community, on these pages
and comment on items already posted.
Put your name out there
The goal of section councils is to offer members opportunities
for professional growth and development through participation in
section activities. One opportunity available to section members is
publishing articles which are of interest to fellow practitioners.
The MBA provides several forums for articles by section members -
Lawyers Journal and the Massachusetts Law Review.
If you are interested in writing an article for any of these
publications or if you have seen articles which you think may be of
interest to other Health Law Section members, please contact Jean
Stevens at [e-mail jstevens] for more information regarding
Save the date: 2011 MBA Centennial Conference
Mark your calendars to join us on May 18-19
The Massachusetts Bar Association's 2011 Centennial Conference
will be held at the Boston Sheraton on Wednesday, May 18 and
Thursday, May 19 and will feature:
- House of Delegates meeting;
- Access to Justice Luncheon;
- Centennial Ball;
- Continuing Legal Education programming; and
- Bench/Bar panel and more.
Look for additional information in e-Journal, eBlasts,
Lawyers Journal and on the MBA's Web site.