Last updated on: 6/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Martin R. Gold, JD Biography

Title:
Counsel for Dentons
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“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

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:
  • Counsel, Dentons
  • 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
Education:
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 1961
  • BA, Amherst College, 1958
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?