Health Law Speaker Series
In September 2016, Ashley Pittman, an attorney at Stubblefield & Yelverton, came to speak about her practice in surrogacy agreements and parental rights. She provided an overview of surrogacy agreements, and she also shared about trends in the field.
In April 2016, Elizabeth O’Keeffe, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for AIS Pain Care, a Mississippi-based compounding pharmacy, came to speak at the monthly Health Law Society meeting. O’Keeffe spoke about government regulation of compounding, a growing, hot-topic area of the health law industry.
The February meeting featured two veteran Mississippi attorneys with decades of experience. Attorneys Stan Ingram and Andy Taggart discussed issues related to their often-opposing practices — Stan’s representation of state healthcare licensing boards and Andy’s representation of healthcare providers before those boards.
In November, the Health Law Society hosted Watkins & Eager attorneys, Joyce Hall and Rusty Comley. Joyce and Rusty are both graduates of MC Law. While at the meeting, they discussed legal matters relating to physicians, including Stark, Anti-Kickback, and HIPAA laws. Joyce discussed transactional and business issues while Rusty focused on litigation issues such as HIPAA breach cases and Medicaid appeals.
In October, the Health Law Society welcomed guest speakers Joyce Hall, left, member at Watkins & Eager in Jackson and Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association Health Law Section, and Conner Reeves, right, General Counsel at the Mississippi State Medical Association in Ridgeland. Both are MC Law alums.
Joyce informed students of the opportunity for free ABA and Health Law Section membership for the 2015-16 school year. Conner informed students about his duties as counsel for the state’s largest trade organization for physicians – a non-litigation and somewhat non-traditional health law career that encompasses business law, administrative law, public policy work, and more.
In September, the Health Law Society welcomed three speakers. MC Law alum Tina Brown gave attendees a look into an in-house counsel health law career by sharing about her work – including Medicare audit appeals – in serving as Corporate Counsel for Sta-Home Health Services, Inc. Guest speaker Professor Meta Copeland shared details about the numerous local and remote legal externships in the area of health law for MC Law students. Adjunct Professor Courtney Hunt spoke about her unique healthcare practice at the Mississippi Center for Justice, including her involvement with the HIV and the Law Clinic.
In October 2016, the Health Law Society hosted a career panel featuring nine local attorneys who practice in the area of health law. Students attending the panel heard from healthcare attorneys who do criminal work, civil work, government relations, compliance, in-house work, and insurance work.
The following attorneys served as panelists:
Bob Anderson, Mississippi Special Assistant Attorney (General Public Integrity Division)
Neely Carlton, Butler Snow
Scott Gilbert, Watkins & Eager
Joyce Hall, Watkins & Eager
Susan Shands Jones, UMMC
Julie Mitchell, Mitchell Day Health Law Firm
Elizabeth O'Keeffe, Advanced Infusion Solutions
Phillips Strickland, MS Insurance Department
Betty Todd, Veterans Affairs