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Yale Kamisar, JD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The Michigan experience shows that it is much easier to sell the basic notion of assisted suicide than to sell a complex statute making the idea law. The wrenching case in which a dying person is suffering excruciating and unavoidable pain is the main reason there is so much support for the concept of assisted suicide in this country (as opposed to support for specific laws). All too often, a reporter thinks that the way to treat the issue in depth is to present a detailed account of someone who is begging for help in committing suicide. But such compelling cases–which are quite rare–blot out what might be called societal or public policy considerations, such as how to tell if the patient actually ahs treatable but hard-to-detect depression… Anecdotes about individual cases and stirring rhetoric about personal autonomy and self-determination are one thing; concrete and detailed proposals designed to cover thousands of cases are something else.”

“The Rise and Fall of the ‘Right’ to Assisted Suicide,” The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, 2000-Present
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997
  • Research Award, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 1996
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, 1964-1965
  • Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 1957-1964
  • Three-time Co-Recipient, American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award
  • Susan B. Anthony Award, University of Michigan Law School
  • Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for combat in Korea, 1952
  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • New York University
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