June 2019

Memorial Day represents the unofficial start of Summer, and after taking over as the President of the ACLM in February, we enter this next season noting that the first 90 days have been busy and productive! It is my hope that this first 90 days establishes the momentum and pace for the rest of the year. 

First, I would like to thank the ACLM Foundation for its continued support of the educational endeavors of the College. We received a donation from the Foundation this past month which represents the remainng contribution from the Foundation reconciling the last 5 years. I want to express my appreciation to the Foundation and its Board for their continued support of our College. 

An important aspect of ACLM is to provide education and knowledge for our members. To ensure this aspect is achieved, the College needs to maintain the high quality and standards for our meetings and publications. Oversight by the College is needed to ensure the quality of subject matter and presentations endorsed by the College. I have appointed Ms. Karin Zaner, Esq., a current Governor on the Board, as the new chair of the ad-hoc committee on Education Standards. This committee will guide, assure, and maintain quality for future meetings and publications, identify relevant and current topics in legal medicine, and also collaborate with Annual Meeting program directors and publication editors regarding subject matter for lectures and presentations at ACLM meetings. If any members are interested in serving on this ad-hoc committee, please let me know so I can forward your information to the new chairperson. The plan is that this committee will make our educational program more salient and more pertinent to our attendees. 

As we continue to update our education mission and programs, I also wanted to explore the possibility of updating the College’s logo. With many medical, legal, and business organizations, the logo update represents continued improvements and branding to the public. The American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, and various medical specialties associations have all updated their logos in the last 10 years. The ACLM logo has been our logo for the past 60 years. With the 60th Annual Meeting taking place next year in Arizona, I will introduce options for an update in our College logo. I would like for our members to submit their suggestions for logo designs and we will be able to vote on the logo at the Fellows Meeting in 2020. Don’t worry, our current College logo with be one of the choices for fellows who want to retain the logo. More about this to follow. 

Congratulations also goes to our Journal of Legal Medicine Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leslie Wolf, being named Interim Dean at Georgia State University School of Law. GSU School of Law is ranked #2 in Health Care Law by US News and has the highest Bar pass rate of all the schools in Georgia. With Dean Wolf at the helm of JLM, I believe that our Journal will also rise in stature like GSU School of Law. The new issues of JLM, published later this year, will represent the new collaborative effort between ACLM and GSU, with an updated Journal cover and new Editorial Board. I am excitedly anticipating its arrival in my mailbox soon. 

I also wanted to remind the membership of the upcoming continuing education opportunities. 

The ACLM mid-year meeting, co-sponsored by WILM, will take place in Oklahoma City on Oct. 18, 2019. A Day with the Judges will include discussion of ethics for professionals, various implications of prescribing opioids, and consequences of unprofessional conduct. Please make sure to plan on attending this event in October. For more information, visit www.wilm-ed.org for more information. 

GSU School of Law will host a conference on “Olmstead at 20” on August 8-9, 2019 at the School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. In Olmstead, the US Supreme Court held that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Keynote address will be Professor Sam Bagenstos from University of Michigan School of Law. For more information, visit https://clhs.law.gsu.edu/journal-of-legal-medicine/. 

Have a wonderful Summer 2019! 

Veling Tsai, MD, JD, FCLM 
ACLM President
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