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Liaison Notebook: Learn About The Issues and Policies Affecting The Health-care Community


Vol. 40 No. 4
ByCarrie Wallace

Carrie Wallace, a 2L at the University of North Dakota School of Law, is the 2011-12 Law Student Division liaison to the Health Law Section.
Because I have a background in the medical profession––licensed as a registered nurse and a physician’s assistant prior to attending law school––I have a special interest in the laws that impact this area.

The purpose of the ABA Health Law Section is to increase the interest of lawyers and students in the area of health law. The Health Law Section is committed to looking at issues and policies that affect members in the health-care profession, and industry issues such as federal statutes, privacy, fraud and abuse of health-care dollars, and end-of-life health-care choices, to name a few.

The student member cost for joining the Health Law Section is a $10 annual fee. Membership within the Section alerts students to and allows them to participate in CLEs pertaining to health-law issues; provides them with the Health Law Section publication titled The Health Lawyer published six times a year; and offers an opportunity to join any three of numerous interest groups within the Section for free.

The Health Law Section also sponsors a Student Writing Competition, relating to a health-law issue. The contest is open to any law student at an ABA-approved school. The winner is awarded a $500 honorarium, publication of the article in The Health Lawyer, and a trip to attend the Emerging Issues Conference.

Anyone with an interest in health law should join the Section. The added cost is affordable and the opportunities far outweigh that cost. For further information regarding the ABA Health Law Section, visit their website.

Student Lawyer Student Lawyer magazine provides guidance on educational, career, and related issues for ABA Law Student Division members and other subscribers. It is published four times a year by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Student Lawyer is available online to members of the ABA Law Student Division and to print subscribers.

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