The BBA New Lawyers Section preparing law students and new attorneys to successfully meet the challenges of practicing law through networking receptions, community outreach and practical skills programming. Want to get involved? Contact the New Lawyers Co-Chairs or check out our calendar for the next Steering Committee Meeting.

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Health Law Reporter Fall/Winter 2012

Monday, February 11, 2013
The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the Health Law Reporter is now available! 
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In light of national and local focus on electronic health record-related and medical privacy issues, BBA Health Law Section Members and readers of the Health Law Reporter have increasingly expressed interest in articles relevant to the world of eHealth and electronic medical information.  Through their contributions to this issue, a number of our authors address these topics head on.  In particular, this issue features articles discussing the Massachusetts Health Information Exchange, recent privacy-related enforcement actions, and a policymaker profile of the Director of Massachusetts’ eHealth Institute.

Not to be overshadowed, this issue also includes insightful articles addressing the significant growth of the Medical-Legal Partnership model (which involves collaboration between health care and legal aid providers) and a recent CMS demonstration project addressing individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.  These articles, combined with four case briefs addressing recent decisions, further our efforts to keep our readers up-to-date as to current trends and issues in our industry.

We thank each of our authors for their significant efforts and contributions!

Opinion Pieces:

By:  John D. Halamka MD, CIO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Manu Tandon, CIO EOHHS; Micky Tripathi, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative; and Laurance Stuntz, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Institute.

By: Cassandra H. Arriaza and Sarah W. Walsh (LibbyHoopes, P.C.)

By:  Samantha Morton, Executive Director, Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston 

By: Margaretta Homsey Kroeger, Esq.

Policymaker Profile:

By:  David Sontag, Associate General Counsel, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Case Briefs:

Boston Medical Center Corporation & Another vs. Secretary of The Executive Office Of Health and Human Services (and a Consolidated Case ). 463 MASS. 447 (denying multiple hospitals’ claims alleging that EOHHS has failed to adequately reimburse for services rendered to MassHealth)
By: Andrew Rusczek (Verrill Dana)

Commonwealth vs. Dung van Tran (463 Mass 8) (discussing the application of the psychotherapist-patient privilege, and the standards for waiver of that privilege, in the context of a Murder trial)
By: Margaret Schmid (Donoghue, Barret & Singal)

Paula Tartarini vs. Department of Mental Retardation (82 Mass. App. Ct. 217) (discussing the mental capability standards for determining eligibility for DMR services).
By: Devin Cohen (McDermott Will & Emery)

Joseph A. Grocela, M.D., et. al. vs. The General Hospital Corporation dba Massachusetts General Hospital et al. (30 Mass. L. Rep. 176) (denying Plaintiff’s claims that the Hospital’s application of its intellectual property Policy resulted in unfair restraint on trade and violations of privacy.)
By: Sophie Wang (Choate, Hall & Stewart)

New Lawyers Committees

  • New Lawyers Law School Outreach Committees
    This Committee seeks to integrate Boston area law students into the local legal community by encouraging participation in the BBA. We conduct programming, in conjunction with other sections of the BBA and local law schools, designed to promote the professional development of law students. Through these programs, the Committee provides students with opportunities to obtain practical substantive legal knowledge and to network with attorneys and other students.
  • New Lawyers Practical Skills Committee
    This Committee creates programming geared towards the needs of new lawyers to help them develop basic and advanced skills, both generally and within their substantive areas of practice, and to practice more effectively. Programming consists of presentations and panels covering a broad range of topics—from how to file an appeal, how to work with partners, to the basics of a purchase agreement. Committee members, who are responsible for managing these events from concept through to completion, have the opportunity to work closely with senior lawyers in numerous practice areas when facilitating these programs.

    Contact Information

    Elizabeth J. McEvoy

    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    (617) 720-5090

    Michael C. Birch

    Lurie, Lent & Friedman, LLP

    (617) 367 1970

  • New Lawyers Public Service Committee
    This Committee serves as a resource for new attorneys interested in starting or expanding their pro bono and community service work. The committee runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income persons in Massachusetts.
  • New Lawyers Social Events Committee
    This Committee organizes monthly gatherings for the New Lawyer's Section, including wine tastings, a casino night, happy hours, and more.

    Contact Information

    Michael Licker

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1197

    Adam M. Veness

    Acceleron Pharma Inc.

    (617) 649-9348

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