Continuing Legal Education

Health Care Law and the Emerging Law of Mental Health

August 03-05, 2016 | 17 CLE credits (including 2.25 ethics credit) for attending all three days

The Health Law Certificate program is designed to broaden your knowledge and deepen your ability to engage health law issues. This three day program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant and important topics in engaging important and emerging areas of Health Law.


This year's 3 day Health Law Certificate program will focus on:

  • Health Law Fundamentals for practitioners to learn the basics of Health Law and provide information for broadening their practice;
  • Provide an update on the Affordable Care Act;
  • The area of Mental Health is an expanding area of Health Law; consequently Day 3 of this program will focus upon the most pressing health law topics impacting mental health care. This day will be important not only for those interested or practicing in Health Law but for all Family Law attorneys.

For more information, contact Erica Wolf, Seattle University School of Law.


Agenda and speakers are subject to change


Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - Health Law Fundamentals, Part 1

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Coffee Service

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introduction

Erica Wolf, Program Chair, Seattle University School of Law

Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Session 1: Health Law Litigation and Legislative Update

Jonathon Bashford and Jennifer Sheffield, Lane Powell, PC

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:45 am

Session 2: Understanding Medical Records & Medical Terminology

Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 3: The Business of Health Law: Health Benefit Compliance

Tina Boyd, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Navia Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Melanie Curtice, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 4: The Healthcare Industry: Federal Tax Exemption for Health Care Organizations

John Quirk, Group Health Cooperative

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Session 5: Trends in Data Security and Health Information Privacy

Gavin Skok, Bruce Goto, Shata Stucky, and James Wendell, Riddell Williams P.S.


Thursday, August 4, 2016 - Health Law Fundamentals Part 2

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session 6: Selected Topics in Legal Ethics

Paul Swegle, Newyu, Inc.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Session 7: Health Care Fraud

Michelle Peterson, Michelle Peterson Law, PLLC

Kayla Stahman, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Session 8: Nursing Home Litigation: Causes of Action

Scott Breneman, Breneman Grube PLLC


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch on your own

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Session 9: The Affordable Care Act: A Five Year Review and What’s Next

Bruce F. Howell, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 10: Emerging Issues in Bioethics

Commissioner Eric Schmidt, Washington State Court of Appeals Division II

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Session 11: Getting Paid: Dealing with Medicare and Medicaid Issues in Litigation

Tom Degan, Chemnick Moen Greenstreet


Friday, August 5, 2016 – Day Three: The Emerging Law of Mental Health

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 12: Mental Illness 101 for Lawyers

Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 13: Mental Health Issues and our Veterans

Andrea LaFazia-Geraghty, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division


11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Session 14: Ethical Issues Arising from a Lawyer’s Impairment

Cameron Stout, Wiand Guerra King, Palo Alto, CA

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 15: Therapeutic Courts

Judge Michael Finkle, King County District Court

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 16: Justice Delayed: How Pretrial Detainees Languish in Jail Waiting for Court Ordered Mental Health Services

Emily Cooper, Disability Rights Washington

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Session 17: Panel Discussion - Mental Health Records and the Second Amendment

Amnon Shoenfeld, Senior Advisor, Many Minds Collaborative; Former Director, King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services

Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation

Anita Khandelwal, The Defender Association

David Newman, The Rainier Law Group, PLLC

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chairperson

Erica L. Wolf

Erica Wolf is the Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Law and Senior Attorney for the Center for Indian Law & Policy. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where she teaches a clinical course in Indian Trusts & Estates. Professor Wolf is a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Wolf has been involved with our Center for Indian Law & Policy (CILP) for almost ten years-as an adjunct faculty member, Supervising Attorney, Managing Attorney, and most recently, Executive Director. Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Professor Wolf worked as an attorney in private practice. Her practice involved litigation, business law, and estate planning. She is a member of the state bars of Washington, California, and Alaska, and is a member of the federal bar in the Western District of Washington.


Three-Day Certificate Program

General Registration (in-person attendance): $695.00

Seattle University Law School Alumni (in-person attendance): $595.00

Live Webcast: $695.00

Current SU School of Law Faculty & Students (Free in-person attendance; based on availability)

Day 3 Only

General Registration (in-person attendance) : $250.00

Seattle University Law School Alumni (in-person attendance) : $225.00

Live Webcast: $250.00

Day 1 & 2 Only

General Registration (in-person attendance) : $500.00

Seattle University Law School Alumni (in-person attendance) : $450.00

Live Webcast: $500.00


The closest hotel to the Seattle University campus is the Silver Cloud - Broadway Hotel, about a 7 minute walk from Sullivan Hall, where the School of Law is located. Their reservations number is 206-325-1400.

Other lodging information near and around the SU Campus is available by visiting our Places to Stay webpage.