Philadelphia, PA – August 19, 2014 – The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has appointed Pepper Hamilton partner and AHLA Fellow Mark A. Kadzielski as a liaison to the association’s Diversity+Inclusion Council for 2014-2015. Kadzielski is one of the inaugural class of AHLA Fellows, which was established in 2004 to recognize the many contributions of lifelong leaders to AHLA.
AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. Its Diversity+Inclusion Council serves as a resource to AHLA in achieving its goal of increasing the diversity of its members and leaders, and in helping create a welcoming and inclusive environment for attorneys in this practice area.
As one of two appointed liaisons from the AHLA Fellows program, Kadzielski and representatives from the various boards and committees within AHLA will work toward the goal of better integrating and incorporating diversity into AHLA’s overall mission, and the missions of its various interest groups and committees.
In July 2013, Kadzielski and a team of four health care lawyers – Kristina P. Ayers, Tambry L. Bradford, Jee-Young Kim, and Dayna C. Nicholson – joined Pepper’s Los Angeles office, establishing the firm’s health care law practice on the West Coast. Kadzielski became the national head of Pepper’s Health Care Practice, which focuses on the complex needs and nuts-and-bolts operational issues facing health care clients, including providing quality, cost-effective services to diverse communities.
Notably, Kadzielski’s team consists of four female attorneys, two of whom are women of color. His group, along with other Pepper Los Angeles attorneys, shares the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and provides pro bono legal services to the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, an organization that represents community and free clinics that provide comprehensive health care to underserved populations. Pepper’s West Coast health care group is also active in membership and leadership roles in professional organizations that promote the advancement of women and people of color in health care and the law, including the Women in Health Administration of Southern California, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, and the California Minority Counsel Program.