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Mulligan named ABA committee chair

San Diego County Bar Association leader Janice Mulligan was recently appointed chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability. She will assume her position as chair at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Aug. 4-9. It is a one-year appointment, subject to reappointment for a possible total of three years.

The ABA's 15-member Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability provides testimony to Congress and assists in the formulation of policy regarding medical professional liability at the national level. The committee opposes caps on pain and suffering awards and is in favor of trial by jury for health-related cases. Mulligan has served as a member of the committee since 1999.

"ABA policy is very much in favor of consumers," Mulligan said. "It is a privilege to be able to advocate these positions at the national level."

Mulligan, a partner in the law firm of Mulligan & Banham in San Diego, represents consumers in catastrophic cases arising out of medical negligence, pharmaceutical litigation, personal injury and elder abuse actions. She is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, having served on the bar board of directors between 1987-90, and chaired the bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service community service effort between 1985-88. Mulligan currently serves on the Task Force on Judicial Appointments, a position she has held since 2001.

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