Last updated on: 5/21/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Maxwell J. Mehlman, JD Biography

Title:
Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here is no convincing reason why a patient who is acting completely on her own initiative, whether she be rich or poor, should be denied physician-assisted suicide because her decision turns, in whole or in part, on economic factors. If there remains a valid objection to economic motivations for physician-assisted suicide, it must stem from the concern that the patient is not acting completely on her own initiative but under pressure from others, from health care providers and managed care organizations, or from their families.”

“Economic Motives for Physician-Assisted Suicide,” www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com, Feb. 2000

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:
  • Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Director, Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1986-present
  • Participant, “Indiana and the Legacy of State and Local Eugenics, 1907” Project, National Institute of Health
  • Co-investigator, “Controlling Human Aging: Alternative Rationales and Implications” Grant, National Institute of Aging and the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Health
  • Staff, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1984-present
  • Recipient, Templeton Fellowship, Arizona State University, 2008-2009
  • Former Attorney, Arnold & Porter
Education:
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1975
  • BA, Reed College, 1970
Other:
  • None found