The American Bar Association Health Law Section is dedicated to increasing interest in the field of health law. Its 8,885 members represent all areas of the health law industry and are committed to educating the legal profession in this rapidly changing area of practice. In 1975, the ABA House of Delegates developed Forums, specialized areas of law not served by other entities in the Association. The Health Law Forum was the second such forum developed and made its debut in 1976. The Forum was to focus on legal problems and interdependent
relationships between providers and recipients of health care and the parties financially responsible. In 1996, the Forum was granted Section status allowing it to expand its activities and continue its commitment to improving the area of law in health care. With the explosion in federal regulations, mergers and acquisitions and other critical issues affecting the health care industry, the Section's role in providing an arena for discussion has never been more necessary.