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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 St., Boston.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

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.

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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 p.m.
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.

To R.S.V.P., click here.


Save the date: Immigration Section Council open meeting

Ask the Experts: Legal Ethics For Immigration Practitioners

Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
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 immigration practice.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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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.

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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 this opportunity.

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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.

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