Expert Panel Provides Insight on Health Law Careers after the Affordable Care Act During Event at WMU-Cooley Law School

Lisa DeMoss, Julie Hamlet, Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski, Gregory M. Nowakowski, Lisa Halushka

Pictured (left-right) Lisa DeMoss, WMU-Cooley professor and director of LL.M. in Insurance Law; Julie Hamlet, attorney Foster Swift Collins & Swift; Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski, attorney, Foley & Mansfield; Gregory M. Nowakowski, attorney, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn; and Lisa Halushka, WMU-Cooley assistant dean.

Health law professionals gathered at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Auburn Hills campus for a panel discussion on "Career Pathways In Health Care Law." Co-hosted by the law school and State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section, the event featured three expert panelists to provide tips and insights for those seeking a career path in the health care field.

The Feb. 16 program was moderated by Lisa DeMoss, WMU-Cooley Law School professor and Director of LL.M. in Insurance Law, and panelists included attorneys Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski, Foley & Mansfield; Julie Hamlet, Foster Swift Collins & Swift; and Gregory M. Nowakowski, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn.

During the discussion, panelists talked about how health law careers may shift with the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. Nowakowski advised those in attendance to build a strong network, and Dordeski encouraged young professionals to stay open-minded about opportunities in the field.

"Keep your options open and give yourself 100 percent effort on whatever first legal position you land -- even if it is not in your preferred field of practice," Dordeski said.

DeMoss also emphasized the importance of students exploring all the disciplines that encompass health care law. She said there are health care law professionals working in mergers and acquisitions of hospitals, compliance and risk management, entity formation of medical providers, false claims ‘qui tam’ litigation, administrative law and tele-medicine.

"Health care law is always changing which makes it an exciting field with many niche specialties," Hamlet said.

About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.



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