Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The amicus group of bioethicists strongly believes that physicians, in carrying out their ethical duty to relieve the pain and suffering of their terminally-ill patients, should be legally permitted to accede to the desire of a patient to hasten death when the patient's decision is voluntarily reached, a patient is competent to make the decision, and the patient has been fully informed of the diagnosis and prognosis of an incurable, fatal disease which has progressed to the final stages... The amicus group believes that the right to physician-assisted suicide should be recognized by this Court as a fundamental right... Moreover, the amicus group agrees with the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Quill that the denial of physician-assisted suicide is a denial of equal protection to terminally-ill patients who do not have the option of hastening death by requesting the removal of life support systems."
"Brief of Amicus Curiae Bioethicists Supporting Respondents," Vacco v. Quill and Washington v. Glucksberg, Oct. 1996
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:
Former Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
Named "Litigator of the Month" by the National Law Journal, Nov. 2001
Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1962-1965
Counsel of Record for Amicus Curiae, "Bioethicists Supporting Respondents," Vacco v. Quill and Washington v. Glucksberg
Adjunct Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Yeshiva University
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Senior Member, Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Judicial Department
Recipient, Special Commendation from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy