Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael White, JD Biography

Title:
Mediation Attorney
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Physician-assisted suicide should be a lawful medical procedure for competent, terminally ill adults, because it is a compassionate response to relieve the suffering of dying patients.”

“Should Physician-Assisted Suicide be Legalized?,” Fred Friendly Seminar, Apr. 22, 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:
  • Lawyer, 1975-present
  • Founding Member, Death With Dignity Education Center, 1994-present
  • Member, Executive Board of the California Conference of Delegates
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Member, California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Death With Dignity National Center, 2003-2010
  • Co-author, California’s 1988 and 1992 death-with-dignity ballot initiatives
  • Former President, Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Former President, Americans Against Human Suffering
  • Former Co-Chair, Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee
  • Staff Judge Advocate, US Air Force, 1972-1974
Education:
  • JD, UCLA, 1971
  • BA, Journalism, University of Oklahoma
  • Attended Occidental College
Other:
  • None found