The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys ("WSSHA") was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of legal information in the health field.

For additional details about services provided by WSSHA, please see the WSSHA Board of Directors Statement of Support.

Membership in WSSHA is open to all attorneys admitted to practice in the State of Washington who meet any one of the following criteria:  (a) represent or are employed by a provider of healthcare services, (b) teach a healthcare-related area of the law or (c) otherwise practice in, or seek practice in, a healthcare-related area of the law.

For your information, the WSSHA bylaws and resolutions can be viewed by Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Download WSSHA Bylaws - April 25, 1996, Resolution - April 28, 2006.

If you are interested in becoming a member of WSSHA, please print the membership application below (pdf format).  Directions for completion and return are given on the application.   

Download WSSHA Membership Application

Washington Health Law Manual Third Edition

The Third Edition of the Washington Health Law Manual is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys and the Washington State Hospital Association.

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Job Postings

Assistant Attorney General - University of Washington Division (Healthcare Team)

Opening Date/Time: Fri. 05/15/15 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Type: Exempt

Location: King County - Seattle - University District, Washington

Department: Attorney General's Office

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.

Duties: The University of Washington (UW) Division of the Attorney General’s Office provides comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington. Attorneys in the Division are divided into three small (4-6 attorney) practice teams -- the Healthcare Practice Team, the General Practice Team, and the Employment Team. Division Offices are located in the UW Tower, adjacent to the UW’s Seattle campus. The Healthcare Practice Team currently has an opening for an attorney with a minimum of 6 years of experience, preferably including significant experience advising clients on regulatory compliance and business transactions.

The attorney selected for the position will join the Healthcare Practice Team in providing advice to the University of Washington on a broad range of legal issues arising from UW Medicine’s mission to improve health through its educational, research and clinical care activities. The team’s clients include the UW Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Airlift Northwest and the University of Washington Health Sciences Office of Risk Management. The incumbent’s responsibilities could include advising on complex and rapidly changing regulatory issues, hospital and clinical healthcare delivery issues, business and finance matters, medical staff and faculty employment matters, and/or issues pertaining to the UW’s graduate medical education and biomedical research programs.

Qualifications: We seek applicants who possess demonstrated problem-solving skills, the ability to provide sophisticated and practical client advice, and excellent analytical and advocacy skills. This position also requires excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; the ability to develop productive working relationships with highly sophisticated clients; and the ability to quickly learn new areas of law in a rapidly changing health care delivery environment. Experience working with and overseeing outside counsel would be helpful. Higher education and healthcare-related experience is a plus, as is experience working in the AGO as an Assistant Attorney General.

Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA’s Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. We also seek applicants with a diverse background in education, previous work experience, law school activities, extracurricular activities, community service and areas of interest that enhance our office. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.

Supplemental Information: Salary is dependent upon experience and commensurate with comparable positions in the Attorney General’s Office. A standard state benefits package is offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. Interested applicants must apply here.  In addition to the on-line application, one must upload:

  • A letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Writing sample.

For information about the position, please contact Kate Battuello at kbatt@uw.edu. To ensure full consideration, candidates submit the necessary application and upload the necessary supporting documentsby May 28, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. This Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586- 7693 or Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com

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