Last updated on: 1/7/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Martin Levin, JD, MPH, MTS Biography

Title:
Special Counsel for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Senior Counsel for Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I believe there must be limits on our autonomy when our decisions affect others. In my opinion, it is not possible for physician-assisted suicide to be legalized without affecting the lives of many people, and especially those assisting in the suicides and their families. For example, if we legalize assisted suicide, we are sanctioning suicide as a legitimate and rational response to certain events. We are saying that competent, rational people can find life so miserable that death is preferred. In effect, we demean the significance of life as nothing more than a pleasure versus pain calculation. It is simply a utilitarian calculation, and a calculation approved of by the government, physicians, and families whom participate. As a consequence, people will begin to accept suicide as a natural option, as opposed to an unnatural act. It will become easier for medical providers and victims to accept the taking of life without a feeling of guilt. Physicians and other participants in assisted suicide will eventually become callous to the taking of human life, and possibly even find it comforting that they were able to provide relief to an ailing person. This will lead to more acts of assisted suicide, and an expansion of the situations in which physicians are willing to perform the act. “

“Physician-Assisted Suicide: Legality and Morality,” www.levinlaw.com (accessed Jan. 7, 2012)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Counsel, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, 1989-present
  • Special Counsel, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law, 2007-2008
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, New England School of Law, 2006-2008
  • Dean’s Council, Harvard Divinity School, 2005-present.
  • Recipient, Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association President’s Award for Dedication to Quality and Professionalism in the Legal Community, 2001
  • Founder and President, Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation, 1993
  • Recipient, Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for Escambia-Santa Rosa Counties, 1993
  • 20 Attorneys in the Country to Make a Difference in the Legal Profession, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1992
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Edward B. Davis, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1988 – 1989
Education:
  • MPH, Harvard University School of Public Health, 2010
  • MTS, Harvard University Divinity School, 2004
  • JD, University of Florida College of Law, 1988
  • BA, Economics, Stanford University, 1985
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Financial Motivations Encourage Insurance Companies and Health Care Providers to Promote Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide?