ABA Health Law Section Announces Creation of Dobbs Task Force

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The ABA Health Law Section announces the creation of the Dobbs Task Force (“Task Force”) to examine the legal implications of the landmark Supreme Court decision. The working group will be chaired by President-elect Adrienne Dresevic.

The task force’s mission is to provide educational materials to members of the Health Law Section (HLS) whose clients are affected by the complex health law issues related to Dobbs. The working group will focus on creating high-quality, non-partisan educational materials regarding health law issues.

The Dobbs Task Force is currently looking for HLS volunteers for the following projects:

  1. Survey of 50 States and FAQs: Seeking volunteers from each state to commit to providing up-to-date information on various topics involved by Dobbs. It will also involve the creation of a series of FAQ documents to guide members on specific issues affecting members in each state.
  2. Subject Matter Experts/Publications/Presentations: Looking for volunteers to contribute to publications, programming and podcasts. Please send your suggested topics and subject matter experts/topics.

In keeping with the practice of the section reviewing any legal matter impacting our members, all materials created should focus on the legal implications and not reflect any HLS member’s political beliefs or political opinions on Dobbs or on a specific state law.

Given the importance of this issue, HLS is committed to providing the latest information to our members as quickly as possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Simeon Carson ([email protected]) and Adrienne Dresevic ([email protected]) no later than Friday, August 19, 2022.

The following leaders include the Dobbs Task Force:

Adrienne Dresevic, Health Law Partners, Farmington Hills, MI

Ellee CochranHusch Blackwell, Austin, TX

David Ellenbogen, Medica, Minnetonka, MN

Marc Faccenda, Norton Rose Fulbright, Washington, D.C.

Bruce Howell, HowellHealthLaw, Portland, OR

Colin Luke, Waller, Nashville, TN

Hayley Penan, California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Sacramento, CA

Kathy Lynn Poppitt, King & Spalding, Austin, TX

Robyn Shapiro, Health Sciences Law Group, Mequon, WI

W. Thomas Smith, University of Manchester College of Pharmacy, Fort Wayne, IN

Lisa D. Taylor, Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, Boca Raton, Florida

Kenya Woodruff, Katten, Dallas, TX

Tammy Ward Woffenden Locke Lord, Austin, TX

Please note that other entities within the ABA have also established task forces to address Dobbs issues. This includes the ABA Law, Society and Judiciary Task Force announced by ABA President Reginald Turner. According to the president’s statement, “he will also consider ways in which the association can continue its work to strengthen respect for justice and advance the rule of law.”

We look forward to hearing from you and providing resources to our members!

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