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Neil Gorsuch, JD, DPhil Biography

Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Having addressed the major moral-legal arguments raised in the assisted suicide and euthanasia debate to date, the Article [“The Right to Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia”] then argues in Part VII that a basic moral and common law principle has been largely overlooked. Whatever the claims of fairness or autonomy or utility may be, this principle holds that the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong. Part VII also examines the roots of the principle and its application. It argues that the principle explains and makes sense of the current legal distinctions between cases where treatment may be withdrawn and where it may not, where potentially lethal care may be given and where it may not, as well as why assisted suicide and euthanasia should not be permitted. It suggests that, whether the venue is judicial or legislative, the appropriate line society should draw–and today largely does draw–is between acts intended to kill and acts where no such intention exits.”

“The Right to Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Associate Justice, US Supreme Court, Apr. 10, 2017-present
  • Thomson Visiting Professor, Colorado Law, University of Colorado at Boulder, Fall 2012-2017
  • Federal Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Aug. 8, 2006-present
  • Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General and Acting Associate Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2005-2006
  • Partner, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC, 1998-2005
  • Associate, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC, 1995-1997
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Byron R. White of the US Supreme Court, 1993-1994
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy of the US Supreme Court, 1993-1994
  • Law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1991-1992
  • Recipient, Edward J. Randolph Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Justice
  • Recipient, Harry S. Truman Foundation’s Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Field of Law
  • Marshall Scholar, Oxford University, unknown-2004
  • Truman Scholar, Harvard Law School, 1988-1991
  • DPhil, Legal Philosophy, Oxford University, 2004
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1991
  • BA, Columbia University, 1988
  • Born in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 29, 1967.
  • His mother was Anne Gorsuch, the first female Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (May 5, 1981-Mar. 9, 1983).
  • Nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by George W. Bush on May 10, 2006 and was confirmed by the US Senate majority vote on July 20, 2006.