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Governance & Leadership

AHLA has a wonderful tradition of members sharing their expertise and insight with each other. Members who give to each other through speaking, writing and other service to the organization are recognized and often asked to participate in one of the many leadership positions available. At last count, there are about 350 members who hold leadership positions in the Association and hundreds of others who serve AHLA in a variety of ways. All contribute to advancing our educational mission. 

AHLA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 23 board members. The Board of Directors typically meets twice a year in person and several times virtually. Board members serve on the following Committees:

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Membership Diversity+Inclusion
  • Nominating
  • Practice Groups and Special Councils

An Executive Committee composed of 8 members meets 4-6 times a year in person and by phone.

Strategic Plans

AHLA’s 2019‐2022 Strategic Plan, adopted at the June 2018 Board meeting, provides a blueprint for how AHLA will continue to adapt to meet the needs of its more than 14,000 members as they navigate changes in the practice of law as well as changes in health law and the health industry.

Current AHLA Board of Directors

Please see a listing of our Board of Directors in our AHLA Leaders Directory.

Volunteer and Start Your Path to Leadership

Get involved in AHLA Leadership! Open positions are posted throughout the year on our volunteer page: 

  • Call for leaders for our Board, Nominating, and other Committees and Councils are usually posted beginning in November of each year, continuing into the spring.
  • Practice Groups offer numerous opportunities, such as writing for newsletters, member briefings, or speaking opportunities for Distance Learning events.
  • Learn more about the Practice Groups' Leadership Development Programs (LDP).
  • Submit a proposal to speak at one of our in-person programs.
  • Write a brief piece about a hot topic for the Health Law Weekly WeeklyHealth Law Connections, or submit a proposal for a lengthy piece in the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law.

Leadership Development Program (LDP)

The LDP was established in 2009 to enlist volunteers from the Practice Group membership to serve as an apprentice or shadow a Practice Group leader; assist with specific Practice Group tasks and projects; and generally, learn the ropes of AHLA. While participation in the Program does not guarantee a participant a future leadership role, it does provide you with a deeper understanding of the Association’s governance structure and lets you play a role in developing the educational content on which AHLA’s membership depends.

The Practice Group Vice Chair of Member Engagement is responsible for coordinating the LDP and is the primary contact for incoming LDP participants. They determine Vice Chair assignments and introduce you to the leadership. LDP participants attend monthly Practice Group leadership conference calls and are encouraged to attend the AHLA Annual Meeting.

LDP positions are for one program year, past LDP participants and past or current AHLA leaders are not eligible to apply, and members may only hold one role within the Practice Groups during a given program year.

A member must belong to the Practice Group that is hosting the LDP, i.e., if interested in and assigned to the Antitrust Practice Group LDP, you must belong to the Antitrust Practice Group. AHLA’s membership model provides for enrollment in one Practice Group for those at the Full membership level; enrollment in two Practice Groups for those at the Enhanced membership level; and enrollment in any/all Practice Groups for those at the Premium membership level. If you are not in the Practice Group that is hosting the LDP, you will need to add it to your membership; staff can help you make that upgrade.

Nominating and Application Process for Leaders

In carrying out the nomination and application process, AHLA vigorously applies the non­discrimination principle embodied in the Association’s Diversity Statement.

President-Elect Designate

AHLA administers a yearly call for nominations from current and past board members. These Directors can self-nominate or nominate a colleague who is willing to serve. The Nominating Committee recommends an individual to the Board of Directors to serve as the President-Elect Designate of the Association based on surveys to both the Board of Directors and staff of nominated Directors and a general review of the candidates’ applications which is evaluated based on various criteria such as, but not limited to, individuals who can demonstrate:

  • The ability to motivate teams to achieve goals
  • Innovative and creative thinking 
  • Vision for the Association and poise to speak on that vision to the public
  • Consensus building, both with peers and staff
  • Professional acumen based on their role within the health law profession
  • Financial acumen 
  • Governance knowledge and experience
  • Flexible leadership

Board of Directors

AHLA administers a yearly call for leaders to include new Directors. Members can self-nominate or nominate a colleague who is willing to serve. The Nominating Committee recommends Directors based on surveys to both the Board of Directors and staff of nominated members and a general review of the candidates’ application which is evaluated on various criteria such as, but not limited to, individuals who can demonstrate:

  • High integrity who are supportive of AHLA’s mission
  • Consistently high level of service to AHLA (example, governance support, networking support, Practice Group leadership, program planning, speaking, writing, etc.) 
  • Recognized achievements in the field of health law
  • Diversity that compliments the current Board of Directors 

Board of Directors Eligible for a Second Term

The Nominating Committee recommends Directors for a second term based on the Board of Directors self-evaluation of the board as a whole and individual assessments.

At-Large Nomminating Committee Member

AHLA administers a yearly call for leaders to include an At-Large Member drawn from the membership. Members can self-nominate or nominate a colleague who is willing to serve. The Nominating Committee recommends the At-large Member based on a general review of the candidates’ involvement in the Association which is evaluated on various criteria such as, but not limited to, individuals who can demonstrate:

  • High integrity who are supportive of AHLA’s mission
  • Consistently high level of service to AHLA (example, governance support, networking support, Practice Group leadership, program planning, speaking, writing, etc.) 
  • Diversity that compliments the Association’s membership

Fellows Nominating Process

AHLA administers a yearly call for Fellows where members can self-nominate or nominate a colleague. The Fellows Coordinating Council recommends Fellows to the Nominating Committee based on a general review of the candidates’ biographical information which is evaluated on various criteria such as, but not limited to, individuals who can demonstrate:

  • Sustained membership in AHLA for 15 years or more
  • Sustained practice in health law or in a health-related profession for 15 years or more
  • Professional acumen as one of the top health care professionals in their community
  • Consistently high level of service to AHLA (example, governance support, networking support, Board of Directors leadership, Practice Group leadership, program planning, speaking, writing, etc.) 
  • One year departure from AHLA leadership at the time of nomination

Learn more about the AHLA Fellows, the David J. Greenburg Award, Top Honors, and other AHLA recognitions by visiting our Awards & Recognitions page

Practice Group, Affinity Group, Program Planning Committee, and Council Leaders

AHLA administers a yearly call for leaders to include new Practice Group, Affinity Group, Program Planning Committee and Council Leaders. Members can self-nominate or nominate a colleague who is willing to serve. The President-Elect reviews each candidates’ application which is evaluated on various criteria such as, but not limited to, individuals who can demonstrate: 

  • The ability to motivate teams to achieve goals
  • Consistently high level of service to AHLA (example, speaking, writing, etc.) 
  • Recognized achievements in the corresponding area of health law and/or general expertise in the area of which they applied
  • Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Diversity that compliments the current Practice Group, Affinity Group, Task Force, Program Planning Committee, and/or Council leadership at large 
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