Updated: April 27, 2022

Health Law Section

The Health Law Section furthers the knowledge of the members of the Section and the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in the areas of law involving both federal and local health care. The Section focuses on the business of health care, state and federal reform, fraud and abuse, antitrust, new modes of health care delivery, insurance issues, and many other concerns. The Section works to contribute to valuable relationships among health law practitioners and opportunities to develop health law practices.

The Section provides benefits to members by developing regular educational opportunities, including CLE seminars and notices of important developments in health law; contributing to valuable relationships among health law practitioners and opportunities to develop health law practices; and providing general information relating to healthcare law.  The Section also promotes list-serve discussions and social networking opportunities.

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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Applications open on March 14, 2022, and close at 5 p.m. April 15, 2022.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2022.

  • Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • 1st Vice Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • 2nd Vice Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • At-Large Member (three positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review the volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process

Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process

The nominating committee shall consist of the Immediate Past Chair, the current Chair, the 1st Vice Chair, and at least one Voting Member, chosen by the executive committee, who is not a current member of the executive committee. All applicants will apply through an electronic application process administered by the Association. The nominating committee shall nominate one or more members of the Section for each of the officers and At-Large positions. The individual(s) nominated for Chair by the nominating committee shall have previously held an officer or At-Large position in the Section unless the nominating committee unanimously waives this requirement. The executive committee will also have an alternative nominating process to allow for nominations to occur outside of the nominating committee process. The executive committee will approve a list of nominees for each open position. Individuals nominated through an alternative nomination process will be included on the final list of approved nominees.

Alternate Nomination Process

All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the section’s nominating committee.

Elections Process

All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2022. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Executive Committee

ChairLori Oliver (2021-2022) 

1st Vice ChairMaddie Haller (2021-2022) 

2nd Vice ChairWilliam Waller (2021-2022) 

SecretaryAppalenia Udell (2021-2022) 

Treasurer: vacant 

Immediate Past Chair: Michael L. Farrell (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Adrian Chan

BOG Liaison*: Carla Higginson (2021-2022) 

At-Large Members

Ronak Chokhani (2021-2022)

Elizabeth Waiguchu Jackson (2021-2022)

Jeffrey Thomas (2021-2022)

*nonvoting member


Subcommittees

Education Committee

Lori Oliver, Chair
Michael L. Farrell
Appalenia Udell
Seth Rosenberg
Elizabeth W. Jackson

Outreach Committee 

Madeleine Haller
Ronak Chokhani
Jeff Thomas
William Waller
Lori Oliver


Meetings

The Executive Committee of the Health Law Section holds monthly meetings. Except as otherwise noted, the meetings take place by video conference on the first Friday of each month, noon-1 p.m. See event calendar for access information.

Please contact committee members for any other details on their upcoming meetings.


Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. To post on the section's list serve, review our list serve instructions. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section directly.