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Section Spotlight

Through our Section you will have the opportunity to meet and network with other health law attorneys, as well as have access to many great benefits specific to your area of practice.

The Benefits of Health Law Section Membership Include:

Receive the Section’s newsletter, 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.

  • Participate on the Section’s private online community, to post requests for guidance and referrals from health law attorneys from across the state.
  • Earn CLE and learn at our New York-specific high-quality educational programs and networking events.
  • Join a Committee for professional growth opportunities — the Health Law Section has more than a dozen substantive Committees that provide you with the opportunity to learn about very specific practice areas, and work to influence the laws that can affect your practice.

Contact the Health Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Catherine Carl
[email protected]
(518) 487-5679

Karen Gallinari

Karen Gallinari

Karen Gallinari of Yonkers is the new chair of the Health Law Section.

Gallinari is an adjunct professor at Pace University’s Elizabeth Haub’s School of Law. She has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare law, risk management, compliance, litigation, medical research and bioethics.

A 24-year member of the State Bar, Gallinari most recently served as chair-elect of the Health Law Section. She previously chaired the section’s Membership Committee. She was a member of the section’s Biotechnology/Medical Research; In-House Counsel; and Public Health Committees.

Gallinari graduated from New York University and earned her law degree from New York Law School.

Message from the Chair (Updated August 26, 2020)

Dear Health Law Section Members,

I hope this update finds you and all yours well.

Despite the continued challenges we all face during these extraordinary times, last week brought cause for celebration.  The 100th Anniversary of women’s right to vote is a nice backdrop to our continued progress on gender equality, women’s and elders’ health issues.

Health Law Section COVID Task Force Update

We have also been working with colleagues from other Sections on the Recommendations presented in the Report prepared by our COVID Task Force. Our Task Force’s Report, Recommendations and four related Resolutions were presented to the NYSBA’s House of Delegates (“HOD”) in June. The House decided to postpone a vote on the Resolutions until its November meeting, to permit Section Delegates more time to review the proposals.  Since that time, our Task Force Chair, Mary Beth Morrissey and other Task Force members, have been addressing questions from Section leaders and preparing an update to provide clarification.

In addition, legislation has passed narrowing provider immunities.   As a result, the Resolution addressing the immunities issues is being eliminated.  Please note that the Task Force’s original Recommendations regarding the importance of adequate provider immunities for actions necessitated by the State of Emergency, remains in the Task Force Report.   Additional edits to our Resolutions are anticipated, given legislation which improved protections against price gouging, which has also passed.

Links to the Task Force Report, Recommendation and Original Resolutions, as well as links to the provider immunity and price gouging legislation are below.

October Fall Meeting

Please plan to join us for our Fall Meeting on October 23 & 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for expert-led discussions on Ethical Issues and Legal Reform in the New COVID-19 Healthcare Environment. We will be covering topics of human rights, public health, healthcare providers’ dilemmas, disparities in the current state of healthcare, and much more. For more information and to register, visit the Section page.

Register Here for Day 1

Register Here for Day 2

Section Committees

In the meantime, if you are not already a member of any of our Section Committees, please review the available Committees at the link below and select at least one which interests you. You can join the Committee you chose by logging into your NYSBA account or by contacting our Section Liaison, Catherine Carl at [email protected]

Click here for more information

We have excellent Committee Chairs who are planning vibrant opportunities for networking, education and advocacy in the areas they lead.

For example, our Young Lawyers Committee is hosting a Meet and Sip Virtual Social on September 10th.

Register for Young Lawyers Committee Social

Our other Committee Chairs will be reaching out to Committee members in the Fall, to engage you in their initiatives and invite your input.

I also invite your input on any topics or initiatives you would like to see our Section address this coming term.

Finally, I wish you and yours some summer fun during these last weeks of the season.



Karen L. Illuzzi Gallinari, Esq.
Health Law Section Chair
Adjunct Professor, Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Director of Risk and Compliance, St. John’s Riverside Healthcare System, Yonkers, NY

COVID Task Force Report and Recommendations: (Click here to read the report)

Resolutions Presented by Task Force in June, EDITS in progress:

Please NOTE that Resolution 4, included at the following link, will be eliminated, along with other edits warranted by legislation enacted since the Task Force’s Report was presented to the HOD in June.  Final Resolutions and clarifications will be provided before the HOD November meeting, once they are completed.

Click here to read the current Resolutions

Provider Immunity:

Price Gouging:,paying%20excessive%20and%20unreasonable%20prices.

Online Community

NYSBA Health Law Journal


Health Law Journal

The Health Law Journal features peer-reviewed 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. Edited by Brendan Parent, Esq. and Benjamin Sundholm, Esq., the Health Law Journal is published by the Health Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

The Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Health Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1530-3926 (print) ISSN 1933-8406 (online)

The Health Law Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as HIPAA, nursing homes, managed care, mental health, medical ethics and long-term care.

MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.

If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in the Health Law Journal, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information to its Editor:

Brendan Parent, Esq.
Email: [email protected]



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Health Law Section Reports

Please find attached the Health Law Section COVID-19 Resolutions, as clarified and revised since June 2020. These revised Resolutions will be submitted to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) House of Delegates (HOD) for review, consideration and formal action on November 7th , 2020.

Also attached is the full Health Law Section COVID-19 Report which was submitted to the HOD for its June 13th meeting. The attached version, revised September 20th, reflects technical corrections. The Health Law Section COVID-19 Report is provided for information and reference, and not for the purposes of consideration by the HOD at its November meeting.

April 3, 2018
Proposed Department of Health Rule by the NYSBA Health Law Section – The proposed rule would revise: 10 NYCRR 58.1.8: Results of tests to be reported only to physicians or other authorized persons. This proposal would revise New York State regulations to allow research laboratories to disclose research findings that arise in an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study, and that may be clinically significant, to the health care provider designated by the study subject.

September 2009
Summary Report on Healthcare Costs: Legal Issues, Barriers and Solutions

Diversity Fellowship Program

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.


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