Health Law Section

Health Law Section

Three Health Law Section CLE Webcasts Available in the NYSBA Store

Looking for CLE opportunities online? The Health Law Section has three recordings available to purchase and view for CLE credit, any time that is convenient for you:

1. Legal Issues Surrounding Eye, Organ and Tissue Donation

CLE: 1.5 credits in professional practice, non-transitional and accredited for MCLE credit in New York State only.

Free to Health Law Section Members,
Not yet a Section member? Join today for $30 and receive the Section member rate.
$50 for NYSBA Members, $75 for Non-Members

Presented by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Health Law Section in partnership with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD), and co-sponsored by the Health Law Committee and Bioethical Issues Committee of the New York City Bar.

New York State is facing a health care crisis: the need for transplantable organs far exceeds the availability. While a single donor can help save the lives of up to 8 people, potential donors are rare. It is crucial that all of the participants in the process, legal, clinical, administrative and governmental are knowledgeable about the law and the process surrounding organ and tissue donation.

2. Health Law Section Fall Meeting: Disrupting the System: Innovation and Collaboration in Health Care in New York

CLE: 7.0 MCLE credits, 6.5 Professional Practice, 0.5 Ethics
This program is for experienced attorneys only, is non-transitional, and accredited for MCLE credit in New York State only.

Health Law Section Member: $175
Not yet a Section member? Join today for $30 and receive the Section member rate.
NYSBA Member: $233.00
Non-NYSBA member: $350

This program offers a look at innovative programs that are designed to facilitate access to comprehensive, coordinated care to improve patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. These innovative programs and the use of the technology necessary to support them do not come without legal barriers and challenges. Our diverse panel of speakers will describe innovative, collaborative initiatives that are disrupting the health care system, and the practical ways to overcome the real and perceived barriers to sustained implementation. This program is relevant for attorneys representing all provider types, health systems, in-house counsel, insurance/payor plans and governmental attorneys involved in health care regulation.

In-House General Counsel: Hot Topics
Medical-Legal Partnerships in Health Care
Collaborative Affiliations Among Large Systems and Physician Practices: Tales from the Trenches
Medical-Legal Implications and Sustainability of SHIN-NY Regulations in Healthcare Delivery System
Concierge Medicine/Telemedicine/Direct Primary Care
Ethics of Health Information Technology Privacy

Keynote address: Dr. Jacob Reider, Former Deputy National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Dept of Health and Human Services

3. E-Health Clinical Records & Data Exch II: Webcast

CLE: This program is accredited for 2.0 MCLE credits in the area of Professional Practice, and is non-transitional and accredited for MCLE credit in New York State only.

The NYSBA's Health Law Section, in collaboration with Albany Law School and Fordham Law School, is holding the second program of a two-part series exploring the state of population health initiatives for improving the public's health and the law affecting: Electronic Health Records (EHRs) across provider types and payor systems; Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs), including the State Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) and e-MOLST; data collection and integration; and research and ethics. These areas are of increasing importance both in understanding the breadth and impact of federal and state health laws on health systems and systems innovation and how research and data may inform health law and policy as well as clinical practice.

Cost: Health Law Section Members: $50.00
Not yet a Section member? Join today for $30 and receive the Section member rate.
NYSBA Members: $85.00
NYSBA Non-members: $125.00.


  • Expanding Public Policy Goals for EHR to Improve the Public's Health: Utilizing Integrated Medical and Social Data for Designing Care Systems and Population-Level Interventions - Issues in Law, Research and Ethics.
  • E-Health Licensure Standards - Gaps in Law and Regulations at the State Level

Part I of this series is available for free, and does not offer CLE credit: E-Health Clinical Records and Data Exchange: Part I

4. Health Law Section Fall Meeting 2017

CLE: This program is accredited for 7.0 MCLE credits including 6.0 in the area of Professional Practice and 1.0 in Thics. This program is non-transitional and not suitable for newly admitted attorneys.

The ever-changing health care industry continues to struggle with reducing the cost of care while enhancing access and improving the quality of care and patient satisfaction, and finds itself needing to embrace new technology, new applications of emerging technology, and new ways of managing terminal illness and chronic disease as a means of achieving that triple aim. These new frontiers of medicine are not without legal, ethical and political implications pertaining to data security, patient privacy, and a patient’s right to choose physician-assisted death with dignity or a new (perhaps controversial) course of treatment.

These issues continue to challenge our clients while they keep a watchful eye on the tides of anticipated sweeping change under the current federal administration, and the implications of “repeal and replace” for New York State. This program offers participants insight to regulatory changes, anticipated regulatory changes, and the corresponding legal, ethical, and political implications. Our expert panel of speakers will describe how these new regulatory programs work, recent changes, and how to avoid pitfalls as we help our clients navigate these new frontiers in health care. This program is relevant for attorneys representing all provider types including, but not limited to, health systems, in-house counsel, insurance /payor plans and governmental attorneys involved in health care regulation.

Cost: Health Law Section Members: $225.00
Not yet a Section member? Join today for $30 and receive the Section member rate.
NYSBA Members: $250.00
NYSBA Non-members: $350.00


-Privacy Implications with the Use of Mobile Devices in the Health Care Industry

-NYS Regulatory Updates

-New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: What All Healthcare Attorneys Should Know

-HIPAA Audits: What’s Triggering Them and What’s on the Horizon?

-ACA Repeal and Replace: Implications for New York State

-Aid in Dying – Legislation and Litigation

-Aid in Dying: Ethical Implications

Health Law Section Membership and Networking Reception
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6 pm – 8 pm
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street - Bateman Room, 2nd Fl. 

Cost: Complimentary (except for government attorneys, see below)

Who Should Attend: Health law attorneys, law students and professors interested in health law, members of the NYSBA Health Law Section 

Join us to connect with colleagues, advance your career and enhance your practice. Meet other health law attorneys, as well as leaders in the NYSBA's Health Law Section. Learn more about how you can benefit from Section membership. Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere – and enjoy some light refreshments, wine and beverages.

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Not a Section Member Yet? Join the Health Law Section now; or join us at the reception to learn what Section membership can do for you and your practice. 

Already a Section member? Take advantage of this opportunity to get the most out of your membership and allow us to express our appreciation. 


Special thanks to Fordham University School of Law for being our host! 

We hope you will join us for an enjoyable evening. 

Lisa D. Hayes, Chair, Health Law Section Membership Committee
Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn

Government Officials: The New York State Bar Association is registered with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the Lobbying Act to engage in lobbying activities. Consequently, public officials cannot accept certain benefits from the AssociationGift restrictions require that any state government official who attends must pay the per person cost of $35. Payment can be made by check payable to NYSBA at the event.

Questions? Contact Amy Jasiewicz at: 


Earn 7.0 MCLE credits by attending this full-day program.

Monday, October 15, 2018 | Buffalo | Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst
Session Chair: Professor Melinda Saran | University at Buffalo School of Law

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Binghamton | Double Tree by Hilton Binghamton
Session Chair: Alyssa Barreiro, Esq. | Wilmington Trust | Co-Chair, Committee on Disability Rights

Friday, October 19, 2018 | Albany | New York State Bar Association
Session Chairs: Sheila Shea, Esq. | Mental Hygiene Legal Service | Co-chair, Committee on Disability Rights

Friday, November 2, 2018 | NYC | CFA Society New York
Session Chair: Lisa Friedman, Esq. | Member, Committee on Disability Rights


Buffalo | Binghamton | Albany | NYC

NYSBA Members: $175 | Co-Sponsoring Section Members: $150 | Non-Members: $275
7.0 MCLE Credits: 5.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Join us for the Health Law Section Fall Meeting

Transformation of the Health Care Delivery Model: Practical Legal Guidance
Friday, October 26th | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Live Program
New York State Bar Association | 1 Elk Street | Albany

6.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Skills; 1.0 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $240 | Non-Member: $295
Health Law Section Member: $195
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The Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law was developed in 2011 by the Health Law Section as part of the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Challenge to develop and execute initiatives to increase the diversity of its membership, leadership and programs and to evaluate the results. 

The primary goal of the Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law is to increase representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of backgrounds in health law. 

The Fellowship will provide students from a diverse range of backgrounds an opportunity to experience health law practice. The ultimate goal of the diversity effort of the Health Law Section is to create a network and forge relationships which will foster greater diversity among health law attorneys throughout the state.

The Summer Health Law Fellowship Program was created in 2012 in response to a Diversity Challenge organized by the New York State Bar Association. The Fellowship seeks to promote diversity in the legal community, particularly in health law.  Since 2012, the Health Law Fellowship Program has placed law students at NYU Langone Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Health System and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. NYU Langone Medical Center has been a special partner of this Program sponsoring the very first Fellow in 2013 and continuing to sponsor students year after year. The Diversity Committee has also sponsored panel discussions to promote interest in health law. In 2014, the first panel discussion was held at Proskauer and in 2016, the second panel discussion was held at Brooklyn Law School.  The Fellowship is  operated in partnership with and administered by the New York State Bar Foundation. Under the direction of Ms. Lisa D. Hayes, the Diversity Committee of the Health Law Section was awarded a Section Diversity Champion Award in 2013 for its efforts. Special thanks to Diversity Committee members Kathleen Lyons, Beverly Jones, Dionne Schuler (2013 Fellow), and Edwina Martin, Member, Bar Foundation. 

Eligibility - Law Student in a New York State accredited law school.

Application Deadline - December 3, 2018

Stipend - $5,000

Length - 8 weeks

Mail: Leigh Dorr, The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207, please include ‘Health Law Fellowship’ on the subject line. 

2019 Application Form

The 2018 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipient:

Abisha Vijayashanthar, SUNY Buffalo

2018 Fellow Abisha Vijayashanthar

Abisha Vijayashanthar, 2018 NYSBA Health Law Fellow, just completed her Health Law Fellowship in the legal department of the Mount Sinai Health System.  Special thanks go out to Beth Essig, General Counsel and Debi Korzenik, Esq. of the Mount Sinai Health System for sponsoring Ms. Vijayashanthar and for their ongoing support of the Fellowship which provides challenging and rewarding opportunities for law students interested in health law. 

Abisha is currently a JD/MPH law student at Buffalo School of Law and SUNY at Buffalo School of Public Health. Upon being selected for the Fellowship this summer, Ms. Vijayahanthar stated the following, 

“I aim to pursue a career which will allow me to create and advocate for policy change within the public health field. I wish to facilitate the policy creation and advocacy of medical and public health practices that improve quality of care delivered, reduce health disparities and inequities, and protect healthcare workers. I had first come across this fellowship during orientation week and I knew then that this was where I wanted to start my legal experience. I am now interning at the legal department at Mt. Sinai with a wonderful team of incredibly bright attorneys who have already become so invested in my success. Thank you all for selecting me for this wonderful opportunity. I am grateful for all the opportunities that you and this fellowship have already allowed me to pursue and will continue to provide. The skills and knowledge that I gain here will aid in my success in the future."

The 2017 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipients:

Shandy Abraham of St. John's University School of Law
Lillian Mosely of Hofstra University School of Law

The 2016 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipient:

Amira Yeiser - 2016 Health Law Fellowship Recipient - Fordham University School of Law

Yeiser 2016

As a first-year student at Fordham Law School, I am genuinely overjoyed to have been chosen to participate in the 2016 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law.  It is with great regard that I learned about the fellowship from my wonderful mentor, Ms. Lisa Hayes, and this is truly an amazing opportunity.  Placement with NYU Langone Medical Center will allow me to cultivate my earnest desire to become a lawyer in the healthcare industry, and I feel confident that I will contribute significantly to the work of the office while strengthening the skills I’ll need for a career in health law.  This fellowship will allow me to provide my service, time, and dedication to a career that helps others in need and sustains one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries.  It is immeasurably wonderful because I will gain real-world experience, and hopefully one day increase the diversity of the attorneys involved in health law.  I will forge relationships that will enable me to grow as a person and increase and expand my professional network.  The New York University Langone Medical Center is an extremely reputable organization located in the heart of the city, and sincerely has a medical program that is among the best.  I am eternally grateful to all of the people who have helped me achieve this accomplishment, and to all of the people affiliated with the New York Bar Association’s Health Law Section who have helped to create and develop this fellowship.

Omar Mustafa – 2016 Health Law Fellowship Recipient

“I am honored to accept the 2016 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law with the New York Bar Foundation. The New York State Bar Associations commitment to increasing representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of backgrounds in health law is not only admirable but vital to the field of law. I am humbled to take part in such a program and hope to contribute to the field of health law, all the while growing and learning from this invaluable experience. I look forward to being placed at Montefiore Medical Center this summer and have the opportunity to be exposed to the inner workings of the health law community.”

The 2015 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipients:

Congratulations to Justine Park and Brian Miguel Salazar, recipients of the Health Law Section Fellowship! Both are students at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Brian has been placed at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
"I am very honored and humbled to accept the 2015 New York Bar Foundation Diversity Fellowship and to be the first rising second-year law student to work with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. It is an exciting opportunity to learn from Mount Sinai's Legal Department, following their consolidation with Continuum Health Partners. I look forward to being part of a relatively new department during a time of exciting transition and change. I was very impressed by the passion and excitement conveyed by the Mount Sinai's attorneys during my initial visit. Although the position will undoubtedly require hard work and dedication, I am confident that the upcoming summer a time of great learning and growth. The position will afford me the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of concentrations and assignments, including contracts, real estate, and litigation. Once again, I am truly grateful to the New York Bar Foundation for allowing me the opportunity to work with such a prestigious and impactful organization.”


Justine has been placed at Montefiore Medical Center.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the summer fellowship in Health Law offered by the New York State Bar Association not only in furtherance of my interest in Health Law, but also to have the opportunity to work with experienced health law professionals and attorneys. The program offers the opportunity gain experiences in the sector and understand the inner workings and procedures that go into the process."

The 2014 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipients:

Mital Patel is a first year law student at Fordham University.  She has a Masters in Health Administration and has participated in international internship service programs in Ecuador, Mambai, India and Palau National Hospital.

Alysha Sabarwal is a second year law student at Brooklyn Law School and is a Dean's Merit Scholarship recipient.  She is a graduate of Rutger's University in Political Science and Labor Studies and this past semester was a Legal Health Intern at the New York Legal Assistance Group.Both Mital Patel and Alysha Sabarwal will be placed at New York University Medical Center this summer. 

Supraspinatus is a health law blog sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Health Law Section.

The purpose of Supraspinatus is to provide timely notice of signficant events and developments affecting practitioners of health care law in New York. Blog posts may cover subjects ranging from new legislation to court decisions to agency interpretations. Topics are selected by contributing authors based on personal choice for the purpose of sharing knowledge about, exploring, and illustrating interrelated (and in some cases interdisciplinary) aspects of current news events and the latest thinking in public policy, law and/or regulation.


The Health Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of health law on various topics including the Family Health Care Decisions Act, HIPAA, nursing homes, managed care, mental health, medical ethics, and long-term care. Also included are regular features on recent cases, legislation and publications, as well as updates on Section activities. The Health Law Journal is published by the Health Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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