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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-ekect 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- JULY, 2020

Hello Health Law Section Members,

I hope this note finds you and yours well during these extraordinary times.

This week I began my tenure as Chair of our Section. My fellow Officers and each of our Committee Chairs look forward to engaging you in a productive year.

In the meantime, please note the recently published Report on health related legal and ethical COVID issues, completed by our Section’s COVID-19 Task Force, under the leadership of our immediate past Chair Hermes Fernandez and the Task Force Chair he appointed, Mary Beth Morrissey.

Click here to read the report.

Also, please join us for the following related webinars, we are sponsoring with The Network for Public Health Law, New York State Bar Association Health Law Section (Public Health Law Committee), New York City Bar Association (Health Law, Science and Law, Bioethical Issues, and Immigration and Nationality Law Committees), University of Rochester Medical Center Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC), and Collaborative for Palliative Care.

Each features national experts on responsible public health and protection of vulnerable populations. Your participation will enhance our efforts to continue to play a positive role in these critical issues. Registration is free!

See the Webinars

In addition to these CLEs, we are offering two CLEs this month. Visit the Event Calendar on the Section webpage for more information.

Karen Gallinari, Esq.
NYSBA Health Law Section Chair
Adjunct Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University
Mobile number: 914-356-0723

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events Highlights


Long Term Care In COVID-19: Navigating Legal, Medical And Ethical Issues For Providers And Older Adults (Webinar)

This program will address the challenges presented by COVID-19 in the long-term care environment from both provider and older adult care recipient perspectives. Drawing on…

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Immunities In The Face Of The COVID-19 Human Rights And Public Health Crisis (Webinar)

Earlier this year, the NYSBA Health Law Section convened a Task Force to develop a report to highlight and discuss the unique legal and ethical…

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Health Law Journal


Health Law Journal

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. Also included are regular features on recent cases, legislation and publications, as well as updates on Section activities. Edited by Robert N. Swidler, 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, JD
Phone: 212-998-7065
Email: [email protected]



Health Law Journal - Winter 2020

A publication of the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Can’t see this edition? Please view it here.

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Health Law Section Reports

May 13, 2018

Presented to the House of Delegates on June 13th.

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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