Established in 1988-1989 as a Section of The Florida Bar, the Section currently has approximately 1,600 members.
Goals of the Health Law Section include providing an organization within The Florida Bar open to members of The Florida Bar and others with an interest in health law and to provide a forum for communication and education leading to the improvement and development of the field of health law. Another goal is serving the bar and the public generally in interpreting and carrying out the professional needs and objectives in the area of health law.
To join the Health Law Section, submit an application for regular membership or an application for affiliate membership.
The Section is organized into Divisions and Standing Committees and is governed by an Executive Council.
Membership is open to any member of The Florida Bar in good standing and interested in the purposes of the Section. Affiliate membership is open to those who practice a profession dealing with healthcare such as physicians, nurses, administrators and allied health practitioners.
This Web Site was created in June of 1998 to provide up-to-date content to its members. It is through this Web Site that the Section hopes to provide content such as Section and committee meeting agendas, minutes and schedules; membership information; committee directories; input forms for use by members; CLE schedules; Section publications to include excerpts from its Newsletter; news about the Section and The Florida Bar; court and administrative hearing cases of interest; rule development information and Internet links for members.
Goals and objectives of the Health Law Section, adopted June 23, 1995, are as follows:
- Be recognized as an effective Section that adds value to the ability to The Florida Bar to achieve its objectives, and grow as a respected Section of The Florida Bar. To accomplish these goals and objectives, the Section provides non-partisan technical assistance to the judiciary, legislature and regulatory agencies on a timely basis.
- Establish a larger and more active membership. To achieve these goals, the Section strives to increase the number of members by 5% annually. It also develops, promotes and encourages social functions that enable networking among members.
- Serve as an effective information resource for members and the public. In these areas, the Section provides regular information to the public/Bar membership on health law issues; provides high quality innovative CLE programs and materials through various media to all levels of Section membership; increases dissemination of information regarding judicial, legislative and regulatory issues; provides a high quality, regular publication to members which includes articles or columns from each substantive division of the Section; motivates members to contribute articles for publication in the Section Newsletter, The Florida Bar Journal and this Web Site. The April, 1998, issue of The Florida Bar Journal contained articles about health law, many of which were written by Section members.
In Memory of Barbara Pankau
April 4, 1951 - January 10, 2009
The Health Law Section of The Florida Bar respectfully commemorates the memory of Barbara Ropes Pankau, Esq. She practiced law in Florida from 1975 until her untimely death.
Barbara was involved with the Health Law Section from its formation, its Certification status, The Florida Health Law Journal and many other activities.
Professionally, Barbara was an outstanding lawyer. She had an unending thirst for knowledge, coupled with a genuine desire to use her expertise to help others. She was a Board Certified Health Lawyer, designated by The Florida Bar. She was on the Editorial Board of the Florida Health Law Journal and was committed to using it to enhance the professional knowledge of other health lawyers. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys in 2007, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America®, recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer®, and a consummate professional.
She was a lawyer’s lawyer. She was tireless in her efforts to improve access to health care and gracious in her commitment to share her expertise and elevate the standards for health lawyers. Her sudden and untimely death will not erase her mark as a lawyer and an exceptional individual.
The Health Law Section commemorated a part of Barbara's professional life Thursday, January 21, 2010, when it dedicated the inaugural issue of Florida Health Care Lawyer to her memory and in her honor.