Last updated on: 5/2/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Diane Coleman, JD Biography

Title:
Founder, President, and CEO of Not Dead Yet
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Assisted suicide has been marketed to the American public as a step toward increasing individual freedom, but choice is an empty slogan in a world full of pressures on people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Now is not the time to establish a public policy securing the profits of a health care system that abandons those most in need and would bury the evidence of their crime.”

“Assisted Suicide and Disability,” American Bar Association, (accessed on 2/9/07)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, Not Dead Yet, Aug. 2011-present
  • Assistant Director of Advocacy, Center for Disability Rights, July 2008-Aug. 2011
  • President, Not Dead Yet, 1996-Aug. 2011
  • Executive Director, Progress Center for Independent Living, 1996-2008
  • Founder and President, Not Dead Yet
  • Executive Director, Progress Center for Independent Living
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Volunteer Organizer, American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT), 1987-1995
  • Former Attorney, State of California
Education:
  • JD, University of California Los Angeles, 1981
  • MBA, University of California Los Angeles, 1981
Other:
  • Has appeared on Nightline, McLaughlin, The Rolanda Show, The Charles Grodin Show, CBS Up To the Minute, ABC World News Tonight, CNN (Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Headline News), The Catherine Crier Show, Court TV, CBS Evening News, MSNBC’s The Abrahms Report, Fox News The Neil Cavuto Show, Fox and Friends and National Public Radio
    Co-authored amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Not Dead Yet and American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) in the matter of Vacco v. Quill (1996) and in the Conservatorship of the Person of Robert Wendland in the California Supreme Court (2000)
  • Has presented invited testimony before Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives three times
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?