CLE Program

2018 Health Law Symposium


Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
Conference Room 101
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111

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Join us for the 2018 Health Law Symposium. This year's program will focus on mental health. Highlights include:

  • Mental health parity 
  • Mental health provider misconduct
  • Forced medication
  • Confidentiality of mental health and substance abuse information
  • Ethical issues in representing clients with mental health issues.

This program qualifies for 6 CPCS mental health credits.

Full symposium agenda

  • 8:30–9 a.m.: Registration
  • 9–9:10  a.m.: Welcome & Introduction
    • Don Whitmore or Kathryn Rattigan, MBA Health Law section chairs
  • 9:10–10:25 a.m.: Forced Medication (Rogers Guardianship Panel)
    • Overview & Moderator
      Kim M. LaDue, Esq., assistant judicial case manager, Suffolk Probate and Family Court
    • Petitioner’s Counsel
      John DiPietrantonio, Esq., deputy general counsel, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
    • Incapacitated Person’s Counsel
      Joseph A. Robinson, Esq., trial panel director, Mental Health Litigation, Committee for Public Counsel Services
    • Psychiatrist
      Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, M.D., J.D., MGH Center for Law, Brain, & Behavior
    • Judge 
      Hon. Jennifer M. Ulwick, first justice, Essex County Probate & Family Court 
  • 10:25–10:35 a.m.: Break
  • 10:35–11:25 a.m.: Mental Health Provider Misconduct
    • Jeff Catalano, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP (malpractice litigation - plaintiff)
    • Stephen M. Fiore, Esq., Foster & Eldridge LLP (malpractice litigation - defense)
    • Paul Cirel, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP (BORIM proceedings)   
  • 11:25 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Mental Health Parity 
    • Wells G. Wilkinson, Esq., senior staff attorney, Health Law Advocates (administrative proceedings)
    • Mala M. Rafik, Esq., Rosenfeld & Rafik PC (litigation)    
  • 12:15–1:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:30–2:20 p.m.: Confidentiality of MH & Substance Abuse Information
    • Debra Leggett, Esq., deputy general counsel, director of privacy and data access, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • 2:20–3:10 p.m.: Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with MH Issues
    • Constance V. Vecchione, bar counsel, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
    • J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics  
  • 3:10–3:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks
    • Don Whitmore or Kathryn Rattigan, MBA Health Law section chairs
  • 3:30 p.m.: Adjourn



Lester D. Blumberg, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Boston
Rebecca Brendel, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
James T. Downes, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of James Downes, Boston
Kathryn S. Rattigan, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Robinson & Cole LLP, Providence, R.I.
Donald Whitmore, Esq., Conference Co-chair
DEW Advisory, Weston
Hon. Jennifer M. Ulwick, Panelist
Essex County Probate & Family Court -- Salem Session, Salem
Sarah R. Boonin, Director, Health Law Clinic, Panelist
Suffolk University Law School, Boston
J. Wesley Boyd, MD PdD, Panelist
Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, Boston
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel MD, JD, Panelist
Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, Boston
Jeffrey N. Catalano, Esq., Panelist
Keches Law Group PC, Milton and Wilmington
Paul R. Cirel, Panelist
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
John DiPietrantonio, JD, Panelist
Department of Mental Health-Boston, Boston
Stephen M. Fiore, Esq., Panelist
Foster & Eldridge LLP, Woburn
Debra Leggett, Esq., Panelist
Department of Mental Health-Boston, Boston
Mala M. Rafik, Esq., Panelist
Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C., Boston
Joseph A. Robinson, Esq., Panelist
CPCS-Brockton, Brockton
Constance V. Vecchione, Esq., Panelist
Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Office of the Bar Counsel, Boston
Wells G. Wilkinson, Esq., Panelist
Health Law Advocates Inc., Boston

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