On behalf of the Executive Council, I would like to welcome you to the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar. I am honored to have been elected Chair of the Section and look forward to working with the Executive Council and the Section membership this next year.
The Health Law Section is over 1800 members strong and focuses on the many varied and complex legal issues that impact health care in our state and nation. From Abortion to Zika virus, our section attorneys have helped to shape policy in both the public and private sector. As today's health care issues grow in number and complexity, the need for knowledgeable and experienced health care attorneys has never been greater.
Membership and participation in the Health Law Section is an ideal opportunity for both seasoned attorneys and those newly admitted to the Bar to gain a better understanding of health law, refine practice skills, and develop significant working relationships with other health care attorneys and professionals.
As a member of the Section, you will be given full access to the Section’s wide-ranging continuing legal education (“CLE”) programs and news materials. The Section hosts several in-person CLE seminars during the year, covering topics ranging from health law fundamentals to the most recent developments in fraud and abuse, compliance, risk management, and representation of licensed practitioners. The Section also hosts a series of monthly audio webcast CLE programs, allowing health care attorneys and other professionals to keep abreast of the law from the convenience of their own offices. Additionally, the Section offers members electronic quarterly newsletters and monthly health law updates containing practice related articles.
Over the last several years, the Section has reached out to younger lawyers who practice, or have interest in, health law. We intend to continue this effort, but will also be reaching out to the more established attorneys in health care who are no longer participating with the Section, or who have never pursued an active membership with it. We hope to invigorate our core membership, young and old, and expand the numbers of attorneys that actively participate with the Section through meetings and social events held in various locations across the State. We also seek to establish a mentoring program whereby experienced health lawyers can help younger lawyers navigate the complex web of regulations, agencies, and case law that governs this practice.
In closing, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the current members of the Section and Executive Council who have helped me over the years, and on whom I will rely heavily upon over the course of my service as Chair. I also invite those of you who are not yet members to join the Section and discover the many benefits and rewards it offers.
I look forward to serving you during my 2016-2017 term.
Health Law Section Chair