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March 2005 Issue

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The Med-Mal Divide

More physicians like Dan F. Kopen can expect to find themselves at the defense table as doctors and lawyers continue to wage a political, legal and cultural war over who to blame for the medical malpractice insurance crisis.

A general surgeon, Kopen is out the door and on his way to work by 5:30 a.m., with no chance to read the morning newspaper. On Sept. 15, 1997, it was no different for Kopen, who lives and practices in Wilkes Barre, Pa. So it’s little surprise that almost everyone in town seemed to know before Kopen did that a former patient had filed a malpractice lawsuit against him.

“I found out from a lawyer friend who read it in the paper,” Kopen recalls. “He said, ‘Oh, I see you’ve been sued.’ ”

Feature Section

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    Through the Doors

    Facing the U.S. Supreme Court last October, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., lawyer Donald Ayer was tossed a question by Justice Ruth Bader Gins­burg.

ABA Connection

The Med-Mal Divide

More physicians like Dan F. Kopen can expect to find themselves at the defense table as doctors and lawyers continue to wage a political, legal and cultural war over who to blame for the medical malpractice insurance crisis.

A general surgeon, Kopen is out the door and on his way to work by 5:30 a.m., with no chance to read the morning newspaper. On Sept. 15, 1997, it was no different for Kopen, who lives and practices in Wilkes Barre, Pa. So it’s little surprise that almost everyone in town seemed to know before Kopen did that a former patient had filed a malpractice lawsuit against him.

“I found out from a lawyer friend who read it in the paper,” Kopen recalls. “He said, ‘Oh, I see you’ve been sued.’ ”

McElhaney on Litigation

Planning Impeachment

Corner Office

A Delicate Balance

Associates in the Trenches

In Like Company

Solo Network

Hat Tricks

Ideas from the Front

Courtroom Card Sharks

Life Audit

Family Planning

President's Message

A Mighty Right

Executive Director's Report

Getting The Word Out

Report from Governmental Affairs

More Work Ahead

Above the Trees

Finding Calm After The Call

Obiter Dicta

A Slippery Slope

Keeva on Life and Practice

A Meditative Perspective