Last updated on: 9/27/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen R. Reinhardt, LLB Biography

Title:
Judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We believe that extending a choice to doctors as well as to patients would help protect the integrity of the medical profession without compromising the rights or principles of individual doctors and without sacrificing the welfare of their patients.”

Compassion in Dying v. State of Washington, majority opinion, Mar. 6, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1980-present
  • Secretary, Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympics
  • Attorney, Fogel, Julber, Reinhardt, Rothschild & Feldman, 1957-1980
  • Law Clerk, Luther W. Youngdahl, US District Court, District of Columbia, 1956-1957
  • Lieutenant, Office of General Counsel, Secretary of the Air Force, US Air Force, 1954-1956
  • President, Los Angeles Police Commission
  • Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Amateur Athletic Foundation
Education:
  • LLB, Yale Law School, 1954
  • BA, Pomona College, 1951
Other:
  • Nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter on Nov. 30, 1979 and approved by the US Senate on Sep. 11, 1980
  • Married to Ramona Ripston, executive head of ACLU of Southern California, 1971-2011
Quoted in:
  1. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Violate the Hippocratic Oath?