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Posted by: Lynn Pointer on Sep 19, 2013

It has been my honor to serve as chair of the TBA Health Law Section this year. It has been a remarkable year as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the TBA Health Law Forum. As a result of reaching this milestone, we wanted to let you, the members, know how we are marking this occasion and celebrating the success of the Forum and of the Section.

First, we plan to have a short panel discussion at the Forum led by early leaders of the Section as they discuss changes in healthcare law during the past 25 years. Panelists include the Section's first Chair, George Bishop (1990 - 1991); David Lewis, who served as the second Section Chair (1991 - 1992), and nationally-recognized speaker Sandy Teplitzky, who gives a unique perspective of the health care practice in Tennessee from a national standpoint.

Also in our look back at the beginnings of this Section, we were able to find news from the early days of the Section and thought that you might enjoy seeing some memorabilia from those early days. We have provided here for your reading pleasure the first TBA Health Law Section newsletter published in the fall/winter of l990. We have also provided here a letter dated May 18, 1990 from then-Chair George Bishop that was sent to the members of the Section inviting them to attend the first meeting of the Section that was held at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, in conjunction with TBA Convention.

We are also pleased to report that the Tennessee Bar Journal's October issue will feature a story on the TBA Health Law Section on the 25th Anniversary of the Forum. The article includes quotes from many of the founding members of this Section and also includes kudos from national speakers Sandy Teplitzky and Phil Pomerance. You won't want to miss this article that is provided here as it will make you proud to be a member of this Section.

Finally, in winding up the year, I want personally to thank all of the members of the TBA Health Law Section Executive Council who worked so hard with me this year to plan the Forum and the Primer. Both programs promise to be the best in healthcare law programming available. I also wanted to thank all former chairs of this Section as they laid the foundation for the success of the Forum and of the Section. The former chairs of this Section are recognized below. I also want to thank the TBA staff for their tireless work in assisting us as we plan these programs and other Section activities. Thanks to TBA Meetings Director Therese Byrne for booking our program venues and for negotiating reduced room rates so that we can all enjoy our stay at our CLE programs. Thanks to CLE Director Mindy Thomas Fulks for her assistance with our Section's webcasts and the CLE marketing this year. Thanks to Lynn Pointer for staffing our Section meetings and for keeping us on track with the meeting notes. Thanks to Steve King for his expert AV assistance at our programs. And finally, a special thanks to CLE Coordinator Kaisha Bond for her tireless work in coordinating all of the logistics for our programs, including working with speakers and the members of the executive council as she has expertly coordinated the TBA's largest CLE event for the year.

We are grateful to the members for their support of this Section and we hope that all of you will stay involved during the coming years.

Best wishes,
Angela Youngberg