Affordable Health Care Act reforms top 2011 Health Law
2011 Health Law Conference Keynote Speaker John E. McDonough
capped off the June 22 conference with an overview of the
Affordable Care Act, a bill signed by President Barack Obama in
March 2010, which is set to provide new health care rights and
benefits for Americans.
McDonough, a professor of Public Health Practice and the director
of the Center for Public Health Leadership at Harvard School of
Public Health, began his review of the Affordable Care Act by
polling conference attendees on both their understanding of the
act's reforms and whether or not they were pleased the act had
"I look at the Affordable Care Act [when trying to explain it] as
a statue unto itself," said McDonough, who broke the act into 10
titles and explained how reforms within each title will impact the
health care system and Americans. "[The Affordable Health Care Act]
is huge in what it attempts to do."
Health Law Conference attendees also took part in a Health Law
Career Panel and discussions on Accountable Car Organizations and
issues of access, confidentiality and privilege with Medical Peer
LOMAP's Super Marketing Conference
LOMAP, the Law Office Management Assistance Program, held its
first "Super Marketing Conference," a free event, on May 26 at the
MBA's Boston office.
It featured national and local legal marketing experts covering
topics including: referral generation, online reputation management
and advertising ethics.
The afternoon program was followed by a free networking
Conference hosts Patrick's legal counsel
Mark A. Reilly, chief legal counsel to Gov. Deval Patrick,
highlighted the Fifth Annual Public Law Conference on June 16 at
the Massachusetts Bar Association's Boston headquarters. Reilly's
keynote address presented the packed conference with an overview of
his duties, including the office's role in the judicial nomination
Reilly, who first met Patrick when the governor was one of his
professors at Boston College Law School, said his job is to be a
facilitator. Reilly said his office helps draft and review, makes
recommendations on which side of an issue the governor should
stand, supports the administration's priorities and oversees the
process of selecting judicial candidates.
In addition to Reilly's remarks, the conference featured the
latest developments in public law. Attendees heard from
representatives from the Division of Open Government, Office of the
Attorney General, the state Operational Service Division, the
Public Records Division, and the Office of the Secretary of State.
The conference was co-sponsored by the City Solicitors & Town
Counsel Association of Massachusetts.