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 Bridget Donlon
[email protected]
(518) 487-5531

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.

Jane Bello Burke

Jane Bello Burke

Jane Bello Burke has a background working with hospitals, physician groups and skilled nursing facilities. She is experienced in regulatory, transactional, litigation and compliance matters in health care. In addition to her work with the Health Law Section, she is also chair of the Long Term Care Committee and a NYSBA Delegate to the House of Delegates. She is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law and Georgetown University.

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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 December 5th

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

2019 Health Law Fellowship Recipient

Zoila Sanchez, MPH, J.D. Candidate, 2020

Sanchez Zoila

Ms. Sanchez is a second-year student at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and a Justice Fellow at the Freedman Institute.

“As the New York State Bar Association’s 2019 Diversity Health Law Fellow,  I am most excited to have an opportunity that will equip me to become a Health Law Attorney, and position me to make meaningful contributions in the health care field.” – Zoila Sanchez



2018 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipient:

Abisha Vijayashanthar, SUNY Buffalo

Abisha Vijayashanthar

Abisha Vijayashanthar, 2018 NYSBA Health Law Fellow, just completed her Health Law Fellowship in the legal department of the Mount Sinai Health System.  Special thanks go out to Beth Essig, General Counsel and Debi Korzenik, Esq. of the Mount Sinai Health System for sponsoring Ms. Vijayashanthar and for their ongoing support of the Fellowship which provides challenging and rewarding opportunities for law students interested in health law.

Abisha is currently a JD/MPH law student at Buffalo School of Law and SUNY at Buffalo School of Public Health. Upon being selected for the Fellowship this summer, Ms. Vijayahanthar stated the following,

“I aim to pursue a career which will allow me to create and advocate for policy change within the public health field. I wish to facilitate the policy creation and advocacy of medical and public health practices that improve quality of care delivered, reduce health disparities and inequities, and protect healthcare workers. I had first come across this fellowship during orientation week and I knew then that this was where I wanted to start my legal experience. I am now interning at the legal department at Mt. Sinai with a wonderful team of incredibly bright attorneys who have already become so invested in my success. Thank you all for selecting me for this wonderful opportunity. I am grateful for all the opportunities that you and this fellowship have already allowed me to pursue and will continue to provide. The skills and knowledge that I gain here will aid in my success in the future.”

The 2017 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipients:

Shandy Abraham of St. John’s University School of Law
Lillian Mosely of Hofstra University School of Law

The 2016 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipient:

Amira Yeiser – 2016 Health Law Fellowship Recipient – Fordham University School of Law

As a first-year student at Fordham Law School, I am genuinely overjoyed to have been chosen to participate in the 2016 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law.  It is with great regard that I learned about the fellowship from my wonderful mentor, Ms. Lisa Hayes, and this is truly an amazing opportunity.  Placement with NYU Langone Medical Center will allow me to cultivate my earnest desire to become a lawyer in the healthcare industry, and I feel confident that I will contribute significantly to the work of the office while strengthening the skills I’ll need for a career in health law.  This fellowship will allow me to provide my service, time, and dedication to a career that helps others in need and sustains one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries.  It is immeasurably wonderful because I will gain real-world experience, and hopefully one day increase the diversity of the attorneys involved in health law.  I will forge relationships that will enable me to grow as a person and increase and expand my professional network.  The New York University Langone Medical Center is an extremely reputable organization located in the heart of the city, and sincerely has a medical program that is among the best.  I am eternally grateful to all of the people who have helped me achieve this accomplishment, and to all of the people affiliated with the New York Bar Association’s Health Law Section who have helped to create and develop this fellowship.

Omar Mustafa – 2016 Health Law Fellowship Recipient

Omar Mustafa

“I am honored to accept the 2016 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law with the New York Bar Foundation. The New York State Bar Associations commitment to increasing representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of backgrounds in health law is not only admirable but vital to the field of law. I am humbled to take part in such a program and hope to contribute to the field of health law, all the while growing and learning from this invaluable experience. I look forward to being placed at Montefiore Medical Center this summer and have the opportunity to be exposed to the inner workings of the health law community.”

The 2015 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipients:

Congratulations to Justine Park and Brian Miguel Salazar, recipients of the Health Law Section Fellowship! Both are students at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Brian Salazar

Brian has been placed at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

“I am very honored and humbled to accept the 2015 New York Bar Foundation Diversity Fellowship and to be the first rising second-year law student to work with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. It is an exciting opportunity to learn from Mount Sinai’s Legal Department, following their consolidation with Continuum Health Partners. I look forward to being part of a relatively new department during a time of exciting transition and change. I was very impressed by the passion and excitement conveyed by the Mount Sinai’s attorneys during my initial visit. Although the position will undoubtedly require hard work and dedication, I am confident that the upcoming summer a time of great learning and growth. The position will afford me the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of concentrations and assignments, including contracts, real estate, and litigation. Once again, I am truly grateful to the New York Bar Foundation for allowing me the opportunity to work with such a prestigious and impactful organization.”

Justine Park

Justine has been placed at Montefiore Medical Center.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the summer fellowship in Health Law offered by the New York State Bar Association not only in furtherance of my interest in Health Law, but also to have the opportunity to work with experienced health law professionals and attorneys. The program offers the opportunity gain experiences in the sector and understand the inner workings and procedures that go into the process.”

The 2014 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program Recipients:

Mital Patel is a first year law student at Fordham University.  She has a Masters in Health Administration and has participated in international internship service programs in Ecuador, Mambai, India and Palau National Hospital.

Alysha Sabarwal is a second year law student at Brooklyn Law School and is a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient.  She is a graduate of Rutger’s University in Political Science and Labor Studies and this past semester was a Legal Health Intern at the New York Legal Assistance Group.Both Mital Patel and Alysha Sabarwal will be placed at New York University Medical Center this summer.


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