Health Care Law

By Fred Dingledy
Updated May 2016

Databases and Websites

WESTLAW: West's Legal Directory: Health

American Health Lawyers Association Job Bank
This site provides listings of job opportunities for health lawyers.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Careers with CMS
CMS offers assignments with the federal government. The site also provides a list of current openings, special programs that hire students, and a monthly newsletter.

Health and Human Services Dept. Jobs
The HHS website provides information about careers with the Health and Human Services Department.

Jobs @ NIH
Database of jobs available at the National Institutes of Health

Journal and Website Articles

American Bar Association, Health Law Section, "Podcast: How to Kick-Off a Successful Health Law Career" (June 2013).
A 52-minute podcast containing a panel discussion with four health law practitioners. The attorneys discuss how to best use your time in law school to prepare for a health law career and how to get a job in the field after graduation.

Chambers Associate, "Healthcare".
Briefly describes what is involved in the health law field and what the major present-day issues are. Also has quotes from practitioners describing the type of work they normally do.

Green, Shannon, "Adversity breeds character: The new health care law presented WellPoint with one of its biggest challenges ever", 18(6) Corporate Counsel 74 (June 2011).
Describes the structure of Wellpoint's in-house legal department, some of the situations in-house attorneys have to deal with, and how the chief counsel prepared to testify before Congress on Wellpoint's actions. Available on Lexis.

Hechler, David, "They Aced the Stress Test: The financial meltdown gave The Hartford's lawyers a chance to prove their worth", 16(6) Corporate Counsel 62 (June 2009).

In-house attorneys from The Hartford Financial Services Group discuss their work. The article also describes a time when the in-house lawyers had to assemble a deal in four days. Available on Lexis.

Network for Public Health Law, Career Paths in Public Health Law (2012?).

Guide describing various types of career opportunities available in the field of public health law; also lists the type of courses a law student may want to take to prepare for a career in the field.

Pattanayak, Catherine, et al. "Health Law: A Career Guide",  Harvard Law School (2012).
Thorough guide describing the type of work and possible settings attorneys dealing with health law may encounter.

Pepper Hamilton, "Health effects litigation", Chambers Associate.
Brief article by a firm that practices health effects litigation law describes what it involves and what a laywer in the practice can expect.

Taylor, Steven T., "Health care lawyers stay busy and expect even heavier workloads in the future", 30(7) Of Counsel 1 (July 2011).
Discusses some of the reasons why lawyers in the health care field will be in high demand in the future, such as the new health care reform legislation.


The following organizations are active or maintain an interest in health care law. They offer membership opportunities, information on the industry, and possible employment opportunities. Most of them sponsor seminars or conferences on relevant topics.

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)
1 Regency Drive, P.O. Box 30
Bloomfield, CT 06002
tel: (800) 331-1389
For psychiatrists who are American Psychiatric Association members; seeks to exchange ideas and experience in those areas where psychiatry and the law overlap.

American Association of Nurse Attorneys ( TAANA Executive Office)
3416 Primm Lane
Birmingham, Alabama 35216
tel: (877) 538-2262
Nurse attorneys, attorneys in nursing school, nurses in law school; aims to improve the profession and to inform the public on matters of nursing, health care, and the law. Membership includes ability to join TAANA's attorney referral program and a chance to participate in TAANA's biennial group admission to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

American Bar Association, Health Law Section
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Il 60654-7598
The ABA and many state bar associations have special interest sections for attorneys practicing in the health care field. Some of these associations have a student membership category. (You can find a list of state bar organizations through the ABA's website.)

American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM)
9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 210
Rosemont, IL 60018
tel: (847) 447-1713
Persons who hold degrees in medicine, dentistry, law and nursing. Promotes and advances the field of legal medicine or medical jurisprudence; arranges for meetings with medical, legal, and professional groups and legislative, judicial, and enforcement bodies interested in any province where law and medicine are contiguous; fosters and encourages centers for study and research in the field of legal medicine and publishes materials pertaining to legal medicine.

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
1620 Eye St., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20006-4010
tel: (202) 833-1100
Attorneys who represent or are employees of hospitals or other health organizations. Works to disseminate information on health care law and legislation; keep members abreast of court decisions in the health care field; conduct legal seminars and institutes.

American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME)
765 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 1634
Boston, MA 02215
tel: (617) 262-4990
fax: (617) 437-7596
Physicians, attorneys, health care management executives, nurses, insurance company personnel, members of the judiciary, and others interested in medicolegal relations, health law, and ethics. Purpose is to provide opportunities for continuing education through publications, conferences, and information clearinghouse. Website has job bank for members.

American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL)
3085 Stevenson Dr., Ste. 200
Springfield, IL 62703
tel: (217) 529-6948
Pharmacists, lawyers, and students. Purposes are to: further legal knowledge; communicate accurate legal information to pharmacists; foster knowledge and education pertaining to the rights and duties of pharmacists; distribute information of interest to members; provide a forum for exchange of information pertaining to pharmacy law.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
66 Canal Center Plz., Ste 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 739-9333
State commissioners in charge of the state mental disability programs; associate members are assistant commissioners for children and youth research aged legal services forensic services human resource development and community programs. Promotes cooperation of state government agencies in delivery of services to mentally disabled persons; fosters the exchange of scientific and programmatic information in the administration of public mental health programs including mental illness treatment programs community and hospital care of mentally ill mentally retarded alcoholic and drug addicted persons. Monitors state and federal and congressional activities; gathers and analyzes information on organization structure funding and programming of state government mental health programs. A cooperating agency of the National Governors' Association and the Council of State Governments.

National Health Law Program (NHELP)
3701 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. #750
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (310) 204-6010
Attorneys, health specialists and other interested persons. Provides assistance to legal services program attorneys and their clients in matters involving health problems of the poor. Offers information referral and consultation on litigation strategy. Prepares materials for and conducts training sessions for and with field program attorneys and paralegals. Coordinates testimony for particular hearings. Maintains health law and policy library.

DC Office:
1444 I St. NW
Suite 1105
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 289-7661

North Carolina Office:
200 N. Greensboro Street, Suite D-13
Carrboro, NC 27510
tel: (919) 968-6308

The Network for Public Health Law
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
tel: (651) 695-7749
An organization intended to help connect practitioners, attorneys, government officials, and advocates in order to help achieve public health goals. Has a student network designed to help students interested in practicing in public health law.

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