Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Laurence Tribe, JD Biography

Title:
Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The liberty interest in this case [Vacco v. Quill] is the liberty, when facing imminent and inevitable death, not to be forced by the government to endure a degree of pain and suffering that one can relieve only by being completely unconscious. Not to be forced into that choice, that the liberty is the freedom, at this threshold at the end of life, not to be a creature of the state but to have some voice in the question of how much pain one is really going through.”

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court, Vacco v. Quill, 1997

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:
  • Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School, 1982-2004
  • Hebrew University LH.D. (Honorary) 1998
  • Colgate University LL.D. (Honorary) 1997
  • Illinois Institute of Technology LL.D. (Honorary) 1988
  • University of the Pacific LL.D. (Honorary) 1987
  • American University LL.D. (Honorary) 1987
  • Gonzaga University LL.D. (Honorary) 1980
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1966
  • AB, Mathematics, Harvard College, 1962
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Financial Motivations Encourage Insurance Companies and Health Care Providers to Promote Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide?