Through the Health Law 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:

Receiving the Section’s newsletter, 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.

  • 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 credit and learn at our New York-specific and 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 members with opportunities to learn about specific practice areas, and work to influence the laws that can affect your practice.

Current NYSBA Members may join the Health Law Section by updating their member profiles online at or by calling NYSBA’s Member Resource Center direct at 1-800-582-2452.
*Anyone that is unable to login to their member profile online should also contact the Member Resource Center for assistance.

Health Law Section Committees

Health Law Section members may join any of the section’s committees at no additional charge. Click the tab marked ‘Section Committees’ to find a full list of committees.

Current Health Law Section members may join a committee by updating your NYSBA member profile online.
*Section Liaisons cannot update your NYSBA member profile to add Section memberships. Section memberships can only be added to your account by updating your NYSBA member profile online or by contacting the Member Resource Center directly at 1-800-582-2452.

Important Notice About Committee Memberships:
Section committee memberships are self-managed. Please confirm your Health Law Section committee memberships when renewing your dues to ensure that you continue to receive all communications, meeting details, and any community access. Failure to confirm committee memberships, may result in your being removed from their member rosters.

You may confirm your committee memberships by logging into your NYSBA member profile online.
*Please also contact the Member Resource Center directly by email or phone at 1-800-582-2452 if you are unable to login to your member account.  

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Contact the Health Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Bridget Donlon
[email protected]
(518) 487-5531

To join the Health Law Section:
Update your profile online at
Call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452.
*Those that are unable to login to their account online will also need to contact the Member Resource Center.

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Mary Beth Quaranta MorrisseyMary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD

Yeshiva University

Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD, is a New York health care attorney and gerontological social work researcher and holds a Fellow appointment at Fordham University’s Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, as well as adjunct faculty appointments at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and Gabelli School of Business, and Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work Doctoral Program. Dr. Morrissey’s scholarship and legal and policy practice are interdisciplinary, cutting across health/public health law, gerontology, social work, psychology, and policy and policy advocacy. Morrissey is Founder and President of the Collaborative for Palliative Care, New York, and designed and directs the Interdisciplinary Aging, Health and Palliative Care Certificate Program providing generalist-level workforce education and training, now under joint sponsorship of the Collaborative for Palliative Care and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Morrissey is co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Public Health Law Committee, and a member of the American Psychological Association Committee on Aging, co-chair of the American Public Health Association Aging & Public Health Policy Committee, past president of the State Society on Aging of New York, and past president of the Public Health Association of New York City.

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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 Cassandra DiNova, 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 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.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.

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


The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Health Law Diversity Fellowship Program 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.

The Fellowship is operated in partnership with and administered by the New York State Bar Foundation.  The primary goal of the Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law is to increase the representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of health law backgrounds due to the ambition of NYSBA’s Diversity Challenge and provide students an opportunity to experience health law practice.

Eligibility – Law student from a diverse background must be enrolled in a New York State accredited law school.

Length – 8 weeks

Paid Stipend – $6,000

Apply Here:

Application Deadline – The application deadline is Monday, December 4

For more information, please email: [email protected], and please include ‘Health Law Fellowship’ on the subject line.

Past Recipients

Learn about all previous Fellowship Recipients by clicking the link below.


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