Students Explore Health Care Law Opportunities from State Bar Expert Panel

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Pictured (left-right) Timothy Gutwald, attorney, Miller Johnson, PLC; Pete VanLaan, counsel, Spectrum Health; Martha Boonstra, deputy general counsel, Spectrum Health; and Julie LaVille Hamlet, associate, Foster, Swift, Collins, and Smith PC were featured panelists during the State Bar of Michigan’s health care panel discussion at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus.

On March 16, the State Bar of Michigan held a panel discussion at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus that addressed the law opportunities available in the health care field.

Featured panelists included Martha Boonstra, deputy general counsel, Spectrum Health; Pete VanLaan, counsel, Spectrum Health; Tim Gutwald, attorney, Miller Johnson, PLC; and Julie LaVille Hamlet, associate, Foster, Swift, Collins, and Smith PC. Hamlet lead the discussion by presenting students with critical issues that arise in the practice of health care law including the issue of illegal immigrant health care.

Panelists shared information about their areas of expertise and informed students that regulations in health law are constantly changing, which has resulted in many health care areas in need of legal experts. These areas include family law, litigation, insurance disputes, antitrust, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, and Michigan Health Code.

 


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