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An ongoing goal of the Association is to encourage greater committee participation. Joining one of these committees can provide you with a forum for learning and networking opportunities, as well as assist you in the development of personal leadership skills. 


Committee chairs are appointed to a one-year term and serve at the discretion of the President. IAHA Committees are reconstituted in the early part of each calendar year.


Bylaws & Governance Committee

Chair:  Christopher Anderson, Jones Day

  • Reviews the Association bylaws annually and recommends any necessary amendments to the Board
  • Meets on an as-needed basis 

Communications Committee

Co-Chairs:   Deepali Doddi, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

                    Julie Roknich, Presence Health

  • Shall develop and disseminate information to the Members using contemporary communication delivery tools (LinkedIn, Twitter)

  • Initiatives include writing Legal Toolkits, the monthly newsletter and the Annual Illinois Health Law Survey and new initiatives for 2017

  • Meets 5 to 6 times per year via conference call

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Co-Chairs:     Neville Bilimoria, Duane Morris LLP 

                        Lisa Katz, Polsinelli

  • Shall develop and disseminate information to the Members using contemporary communication delivery tools (LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Shall investigate and recommend ways IAHA can foster diversity in its membership and leadership by creating outreach programs to attract new members, to retain the new members, to encourage participation in IAHA committees and activities, and to develop leadership candidates.

  • May be comprised of representatives from the Membership Committee and Mentoring Committee, as well as other interested members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Board

Education Committee

Co-Chairs:   Earl J. Barnes, II, Advocate Health Care

,                    Joan Lebow, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA

                     Mary Lucie, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare                               

  • Identifies health law issues and changes in the law, and plans and supervises regular  educational opportunities for all Members, including the Quarterly Lectures

  • Meets 3 to 4 times per year via conference call

Membership Committee

Co-Chairs:     Kathy Roe, The Health Law Consultancy

                      Rick Hindmand, McDonald Hopkins LLC  

  • Focuses on Member recruitment and retention, including membership outreach initiatives
  • Current initiatives include networking events geared towards all Members, law school outreach, and membership retention strategy development 
  • Meets 8 to 10 times per year via conference call 

Mentoring Committee

Co-Chairs:     Nick Brescia, Walgreen Co.

                      Limo Cherian, K & L Gates, LLP

Plans and manages the mentoring program which trains experienced Members to be mentors and pairs them with both law school students, attorneys new to health care or those who are seeking guidance at various stages of their health care legal careers.  

  • Mentors share their experiences, provide professional guidance and are prepared to participate in various activities with their mentees, which may include networking, writing or speaking opportunities, seminar or webinar participation or pro bono activities. 
  • The mentoring program offers two tracks - an ethics CLE credit track and non-CLE credit track.
  • Meets 6 to 12 times per year via conference call or in person meeting.


Symposium Committee

Chair:          Carolyn Metnick, Akerman LLP

  • Plans the Annual Health Law Symposium, which includes picking a theme, topics and speakers.
  • Symposium on-site assignments – speaker introductions, managing session times
  • Meets 6 to 8 times in the first two quarters of the year-members are expected to attend meetings in person
  • Chaired by the IAHA President-Elect

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