Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The Michigan experience shows that it is much easier to sell the basic notion of assisted suicide than to sell a complex statute making the idea law. The wrenching case in which a dying person is suffering excruciating and unavoidable pain is the main reason there is so much support for the concept of assisted suicide in this country (as opposed to support for specific laws). All too often, a reporter thinks that the way to treat the issue in depth is to present a detailed account of someone who is begging for help in committing suicide. But such compelling cases--which are quite rare--blot out what might be called societal or public policy considerations, such as how to tell if the patient actually ahs treatable but hard-to-detect depression... Anecdotes about individual cases and stirring rhetoric about personal autonomy and self-determination are one thing; concrete and detailed proposals designed to cover thousands of cases are something else."
"The Rise and Fall of the 'Right' to Assisted Suicide," The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, 2002
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Michigan Law School
Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, 2000-Present
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997
Research Award, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 1996
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, 1964-1965
Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 1957-1964
Three-time Co-Recipient, American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award
Susan B. Anthony Award, University of Michigan Law School
Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge for combat in Korea, 1952