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The Next Generation: Turning Passion into Practice

Addi Book was a JD Candidate at the University of Oklahoma College of Law when she attended AHLA’s Fundamentals of Health Law program in Chicago, IL, taking advantage of the student discount to attend.

She credits the educational sessions at the program for helping her achieve an A in her HIPAA class last semester, and cites the session on employment contracts for physicians as her favorite.

Though I am still early in my health law career, I credit AHLA for getting me here. AHLA’s publications provide me with practical insight on problems I’m facing at work and in my law classes, while their programs serve as a unique forum for networking. It is rare for early career professionals to have the opportunity to get to know successful professionals with like-minded goals and interests. Of course, these programs also provide exceptional educational content, helping me in areas of law, like employment contracts for physicians, that I deal with daily. Addi E Book, Licensed Legal Intern and JD

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The Value of Mentoring

AHLA’s Mentoring Program is available as a benefit to all members. It fosters collegiality across experience levels and the various substantive health law practice areas. This unique online networking and career development tool helps you find and connect with other AHLA members. Your mentor or mentee can be right down the street or across the country. Saralisa Brau shares the value of mentoring. 

"We all have mentors and friends and people who influence us at various points in our career. During my first job out of law school I found and connected with a group of mentors and partners who really brought me under their wing and helped introduce me to health law. They included Christine White, who is a current board member of AHLA, who has been a dear friend for many years. I worked for Chris as an associate back in the day. Other folks at McDermott I worked with included David Marx and Jim Sneed. They were all also very involved in AHLA and really first got me involved in the association as well, and ultimately had the opportunity to publish a book with David and Chris, something that David and Jim Sneed had initially worked on. We had the opportunity to come in and work on a healthcare antitrust book for AHLA and that opportunity to work with them, be guided by them, be brought into AHLA by them, and ultimately sort of work on a really substantive publication together was a really formative part of my early career in particular." Saralisa Brau, McKesson

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The Power of Many

Tom Shorter has served in a leadership role on AHLA’s Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, Labor and Employment Practice Group, Diversity+Inclusion Council, and the Practice Groups and Special Councils Board Committee.

He has spoken frequently at in-person programs, contributed to AHLA’s publications, and is AHLA’s President-Elect Designate for the 2020-2021 year (President for the 2022-2023 year).

I have been a frequent financial supporter of AHLA just as I have been a frequent volunteer, and I have now turned my attention to encouraging my colleagues to see the value of AHLA’s services and make their own investments in the organization by setting up a Gift Matching Initiative within my firm. Our firm has a dual commitment to AHLA and our attorney’s advancement of industry knowledge through our funding of their individual AHLA membership. In honor of this relationship with AHLA, our healthcare law team agreed to match dollar-for-dollar any donation to AHLA made from a member of our firm. I’ve noticed more of my colleagues have made contributions to AHLA since beginning the initiative, and others increased their annual support. Together, we have been able to make a greater impact. Tom Shorter, Partner, Husch Blackwell

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Inspiring Others

Lindsay Holmes has served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Young Professionals Council, as the Young Professionals Delegate to the AHLA Board of Directors, and most recently, the AHLA Development and Advancement Council (DAC). Lindsay shares about how her experience with AHLA has furthered her career and inspired her to serve on the DAC.

From years of membership and servicing in many different roles in AHLA, it has become clear to me that the time and energy you put into AHLA you get back tenfold through unmatched education and camaraderie. The DAC ensures AHLA benefits from a strong, stable, and growing revenue stream to sustain its many programs and initiatives, and it is important to me to further those goals. In joining the DAC, I aim to ensure others have access to the same AHLA resources that I’ve had. Membership in this organization has made me a better healthcare lawyer and through programs like Annual Meeting, I’ve made connections that will last a lifetime. I hope to inspire others to reflect on their own experience within AHLA and use it as motivation to learn more about the Association’s philanthropic goals and give back. Lindsay Holmes, Amazon.com Inc

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AHLA Internship Experience

As part of AHLA's initiative to cultivate diversity among attorneys practicing health law, AHLA's internship program is for law students from underrepresented backgrounds. Through this program, AHLA provides diverse law students with numerous networking opportunities with leading health care attorneys; attendance at the Association’s Annual Meeting where top-quality CLE sessions on the latest in health law are offered; and various legal research/writing projects. Ogi Kwon shares how his experience at AHLA impacted his professional journey.

The AHLA internship experience has allowed me to be a more effective contributor, as I am always looking for ways to include other experts within my organization to ensure the final product comprehensively addresses high-level implications of the requirements. Given the complexity of the health care system, I feel fortunate to have learned the value of approaching projects with a collaborative mindset early in my career. Ogi Kwon, AHLA Intern 2017

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Diversity and Inclusion

Provide resources and training to help identify and support a more diverse membership at all levels of our association and help grow future leaders from among those ranks.

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Innovative Professional Development

Help devise more creative ways for health law professionals to improve their productivity, hone their business knowledge and legal expertise, and fortify their value in the eyes of their employers, peers, professional colleagues, and clients.

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Talent Pipeline Support

Help build a robust talent pipeline across a broad and diverse section of health law professionals, leading the way to the development of future leaders, speakers, and authors that keep our members informed so we can continue to provide best-in-class service and advice to our clients and organizations.

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