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From the Boston Bar Journal - The Buffer Zone: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, 134 S. Ct. 2518 (2014).  The law at issue created a 35-foot perimeter outside of the entrances and driveways to reproductive healthcare facilities, and was Massachusetts’ third attempt at crafting an effective and constitutionally permissible regulatory regime for the space around those facilities.  The McCullen decision prompted a fourth effort to create an enforcement scheme that strikes the right balance between ensuring reproductive freedom and guaranteeing First Amendment rights.
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Health Law Reporter: Summer 2014

Happy Summer! Jerry, David and I are excited to present the Summer edition of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Reporter. In this issue, Andrew Levine, Robert Blaisdell and Kate Harrell have authored the first in a two-part series on the medical use of marijuana and the legal issues associated with the registered marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts. As a follow up, our fall edition will focus on the physician-related issues including patient eligibility, the certification requirements, and patient rights and responsibilities following certification. In her thought-provoking article on the rights of parents with disabilities, Robyn Powell explores the significant legal, medical and familial resistance that certain disabled individuals continue to encounter when trying to become parents. To round out our lead articles, Samantha Morton, Kirsten Meisinger, M.D., and Deborah Durant explore the implications of patient-centered, accountable healthcare for the legal profession including the need for the legal community to expand the depth of our “lawyer’s toolbox” in order to remain effective advocates for our clients.

Continue reading the full Summer 2014 Edition here.
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Health Law Reporter: Fall/Winter 2013 Edition Out Now

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, we reflect not only on the tragic scene that unfolded that day but also on the tremendous displays of community and the human spirit that followed thereafter.  Each person affected has their own story to tell; however, Jamie Katz, General Counsel and a Senior Vice President at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides a unique perspective in his article on the Medical Center’s response to the bombings as well as the challenges it was confronted with when both suspects, Tamarlan and Dzohkar Tsarnaev, were brought to the Medical Center for treatment.
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Health Law Committees

  • Health Law Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to health law practitioners. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact the Co-Chairs.

    Contact Information

    David N Sontag

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    (617) 667-1875

    Meghan M. Cosgrove

    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    (617) 598-6700

    Jerome B. Tichner

    McDermott Will & Emery

    (617) 535-4000

    Colin J. Zick

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1275

  • Health Law Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover health law issues. This committee promotes and oversees the educational programs for the Health Law Section, including the monthly Brown Bag Lunch speaker series and several in-depth seminar programs.

    Contact Information

    Joel K. Goloskie

    (617) 771-1154

    Gary A. Rosenberg

    Verrill Dana LLP

    (617) 274-2846

    Jennifer Gallop

    Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

    (617) 482-7211

  • Health Law Membership Committee
    This committee aims to increase participation in the Section through outreach activities.

    Contact Information

    Christine G. Savage

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-4084

    Leslie Joseph

    Mount Auburn Hospital

    (617) 499-5752

    Robin Amber Johnson

    The Health Law Group

    (617) 455-7331

  • Health Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Health law attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Edward J. Deangelo

    Commonwealth Health Insurance

    (617) 933-3091

    Erika Scibelli

  • Health Law Social Action Committee
    Take public service to a new level. Focusing on unique ways to engage members in the community, this committee is the proud publisher of the Children's Mental Health Guide and oversees other initiatives.

    Contact Information

    Michael David Beauvais

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7601

    Catherine Annas

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    (617) 784-0147

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.