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Diversity

 
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AHLA Statement on Diversity

In principle and in practice, the American Health Lawyers Association values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the Association regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability. The Association welcomes all members as it leads health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue.   


 

Benchmarking and AHLA's Demographic Profile

​Diversity and inclusion are core values of the American Health Lawyers Association. They are integral to our self-understanding and our embrace of a vibrant health law community. We strive to leverage diversity and actively practice inclusion as critical mission strategies to ensure that all members can participate equally in the many riches that AHLA offers in its programs, and educational and leadership opportunities. The first step to improve and enhance our inclusiveness is to understand the diversity of our community. Each year, the Association sends a survey to its membership to assess the diversity and inclusion of its membership.

The goal is to create a more inclusive environment for our Association and the membership through the results of the survey. We value the feedback that we receive from the membership and are committed to benchmarking and tracking this data on a continual basis. We recognize that much of the information received is personal and may be sensitive. Members are free to answer any or all questions as desired. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary. Responses remain private and confidential in the AHLA record.

For those members wanting to be contacted by AHLA leaders about opportunities for involvement, they are given an opportunity at the end of the survey to indicate their preference for doing so. Such contact is only made by AHLA leaders at members' request.

The results from the annual survey are reported at an aggregate level only to further advance our diversity and inclusion initiatives. See Additional Resources for the most recent demographic profile of AHLA's membership.

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​The leadership path at AHLA is no secret. Leadership and learning go hand-in-hand in our organization. Carve out just a bit of time from your busy work schedule to contribute to AHLA learning, and leadership opportunities will follow!
- Kristen Rosati, 2013-2014 AHLA President

Looking to get more involved with AHLA? There are many opportunities for you to share your expertise or develop your leadership skills with the Association. If you are looking to speak, write, mentor, or contribute to AHLA's Public Interest activities, there is a place for you. If you are a young professional, AHLA's Practice Groups and Affinity Groups are seeking your involvement and would welcome your participation in their activities. New opportunities are posted regularly as they become available. Go to www.healthlawyers.org/volunteer.

Council Initiatives

​The Association has a Diversity+Inclusion Council, which is a Special Committee of the Board, whose purpose is to serve as a resource to AHLA in achieving its goal of increasing the diversity of its members and leaders. The Council:

Advises and recommends programs/initiatives on ways in which AHLA can better recruit and retain members from a broad spectrum of diverse backgrounds;
Suggests initiatives to encourage members from diverse backgrounds to become more involved in the Association's activities (e.g., to speak at in-person programs, to author articles or publications, to seek positions of leadership);
Examines whether AHLA should collaborate with other organizations with diverse professional memberships; and
Identifies ways in which AHLA can measure its success in these endeavors.

It is composed of up to ten AHLA members who plan, facilitate, and host numerous events including the following: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusiveness Receptions; Brown Bag webinars with the Young Professionals Council, Mentoring Committee, and Women's Network; discussion breakfasts and educational sessions at Programs; and networking receptions at area law schools with the Young Professionals Council and Mentoring Committee. The Council also is responsible for preparing and distributing the annual demographic survey to the membership.

If you are interested in learning more about these activities, contact Kerry Hoggard at khoggard@healthlawyers.org. Council members can be contacted below.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Receptions
​One of the ways that the Association seeks to celebrate diversity among our membership is through the sponsorship of special receptions at several in-person programs. These Celebrating Diversity and Inclusiveness Receptions are sponsored by AHLA's Diversity+Inclusions Council. Receptions are held during the Fundamentals of Health Law Program; the Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute; Long Term Care and the Law Institute; the Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues; and at the Association's Annual Meeting. All attendees at in-person programs and members living in the area are invited to celebrate diversity and exchange ideas to further the Association's commitment to diversity. Should you have any questions, please contact Kerry Hoggard at khoggard@healthlawyers.org or (202) 833-0760.
Diversity Summer Internship

As part of AHLA's initiative to cultivate more diversity among attorneys practicing health law, the Association is working to provide opportunities for talented law students of diverse backgrounds so that they can learn more about this segment of the legal profession. The eight-week internship has provided former interns networking opportunities with leading health care attorneys, attendance at the Association's Annual Meeting where top-notch CLE sessions on the latest in health and life sciences law are offered, and various legal research/writing projects for AHLA's Professional Resources and Public Interest departments. One of the most common things that former interns say about AHLA's Diversity Internship program is how the experience has opened their eyes to the wide range of career options available to them as aspiring health care attorneys.

Diversity in Health Law Summer Internship

Qualifications
Applicant's academic, extracurricular, and/or community accomplishments must clearly demonstrate a long-standing and genuine interest in health care law.

  • Rising 3L at an ABA-accredited law school
  • U.S. citizen
  • Law student is of diverse background
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and analytical skills

Duration of Internship
June through Mid-August. Preferred start date early June.

Stipend
Nominal monetary stipend will be provided throughout the eight week period (paid bi-monthly). This payment is based on an approximate 30 hour work week.

Duties
Assist Vice President and Senior Managing Editor of Professional Resources by:

  • Editing the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law, including cite-checking
  • Editing the Health Lawyers Weekly
  • Editing Practice Group newsletters and member briefings
  • Writing case summaries for the Health Law Digest
  • Interviewing leaders and writing special profiles for the Health Lawyers Weekly
  • Monitoring and identifying legal developments in health law
  • Attending Member Publications meetings
  • Assist Senior Manager of Public Interest in updating Public Interest resources, developing and/or implementing other Public Interest initiatives as necessary

Benefits
Aside from writing, researching, and editing, the law student intern will also:

  • Attend networking lunches with local health attorneys from small and large firms, solo practitioners, government attorneys, in-house counsel, etc.
  • Attend the AHLA Annual Meeting (held at the end of June), a major networking opportunity with health lawyers from around the country while attending select CLE programs and other programs related to the conference.

Deadline for submission
Application process begins in the Fall and deadline for submission is in mid-February, exact date to be determined. To apply for this internship, please send a formal cover letter and resume to Cynthia Conner, Vice President of Professional Resources, at cconner@healthlawyers.org. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be notified. No phone calls, please.

Former AHLA Diversity Interns
Council Members and Staff Liaison

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Robert R. Niccolini Co-Chair Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC (202) 887-0855 Email
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Dorthula H. Powell-Woodson Co-Chair Wiley Rein LLP (202) 719-7150 Email
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Jessica M. Baker Member State University of New York- University At Buffalo (716) 829-2861 Email
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Bryan Hull Member (516) 318-8148 Email
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Dan Kuninsky Member Bass Berry & Sims PLC (615) 742-7837 Email
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Laverne Marie Largie Member (443) 860-1165 Email
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Beatrice Nokuri Member Bricker & Eckler LLP (614) 227-4886 Email
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Gary C. Norman Member Mid-Atlantic Lyceum (410) 241-6745 Email
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Arnold Pamplona Member McDermott Will & Emery LLP (310) 788-1512 Email
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Trenton J. Poynter Member Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP (615) 244-6380 Email
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Marcia B. Smith Member CHE Trinity Health (515) 358-8028 Email
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Matthew E. Wetzel Member Boston Scientific (202) 942-7501 Email

Staff Liaisons

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Robert Taflinger Staff Liaison American Health Lawyers Association (202) 833-0773 Email

Additional Resources

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Young Professionals Networking Dinner
November 12, 2014 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Eastern
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Young Professionals Networking Dinner
November 13, 2014 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Eastern
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