Sunday, November 11, 2012

New York Law School Symposium on End of Life

I'm speaking at a fantastic symposium at New York Law School on Friday.  You really should come by!

Here are the details:

Symposium: Freedom of Choice at the End of Life
Patients' Rights in a Shifting Legal and Political Landscape

A Justice Action Center Symposium
Friday, November 16, 2012
New York Law School
Additional support provided by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association; Compassion and Choices of New York; and Collaborative for Palliative Care, Westchester/NYS Southern Region
The concept that individuals have the right to choose the manner and time of their death and the right to decline unwanted treatment has been a relatively recent development, as is the law that a person does not lose these rights upon incapacity. Individual rights are not uniformly recognized in practice, however, and there are many limits on when and how they can be enforced. This conference will address a broad range of issues including impediments to honoring those rights, advance planning tools for persons to ensure compliance with their choices and how to enforce them, legislative and decisional developments, surrogate decision-making for patients whose wishes are not known, pain management and palliative care, hospice, aid in dying, ethical dilemmas in decision-making, medical ineffectiveness of treatment (“futility”), concerns of persons with disabilities, the effect of religion on law and policy, and how the media treats these issues.
If you have questions about this program please contact

This program has been approved for a maximum of six (6) credits of continuing legal education (CLE) credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys. There is no charge for CLE above and beyond the normal cost of registration.

Conference registration is now open. Click here to register now.

All events will take place in the Event Center, New York Law School
Check-in for pre-registered guests

Continental breakfast will be available in the Event Center.
  • Peter J. Strauss, Symposium Chair, Adjunct Professor, New York Law School
  • Kathryn L. Tucker, JD, Director of Legal Affairs, Compassion & Choices, Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School/Los Angeles

Panel I: Taking Control and Preserving Autonomy

This panel will discuss the need for advance planning and one’s rights to do so, available advance directive tools: health care proxies, living wills, POLST (MOLST); enforcement of patient rights and emerging issues, trends and new legislation.
Attendees at this panel are eligible for 1 CLE credit in professional practice.
  • Moderator: Peter J. Strauss, Symposium Chair, Adjunct Professor, New York Law School
  • Nadia N. Sawicki, Assistant Professor, Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Lisa Comeau, Attorney, Appellate Counsel
  • David C. Leven, Executive Director, Compassion and Choices of New York
  • Mary Beth Morrissey, Esq., Ph.D., M.P.H.; President, Collaborative for Palliative Care, Westchester/NYS Southern Region


Panel II: Real Time Critical Issues

This panel will explore best practices in End of Life Care: palliative care, pain management, the “double effect”, hospice and transitional care. In addition, the panel will discuss the conflict between family and physician over medically ineffective treatment (“futility”) and the ethics of decision making for persons with dementia.
Attendees at this panel are eligible for 2 CLE credits in professional practice.
  • Moderator: Carlin Meyer, Director, the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Professor, New York Law School
  • David Muller, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Dean for Medical Education, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York; Director, Visiting Doctors Program
  • Gabrielle Goldberg, M.D., Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York; Education Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
  • Thaddeus M. Pope, JD, Ph.D., Director, Health Law Institute at Hamline University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Albany Medical College
  • Bonnie Steinbock, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, University at Albany/SUNY
  • Paul T. Menzel, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Pacific Lutheran University

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Attendees at this panel are eligible for 1 CLE credit in professional practice.
  • Introduction: Peter J. Strauss, Symposium Chair, Adjunct Professor, New York Law School
  • Honorable Sol Wachtler, former Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals

Panel III: Special People, Special Issues

This panel will discuss the issues of concern for people with disabilities and the conflict between organizations dedicated to protecting their rights and end-of-life advocates. The panel will discuss the views of some of the major religion and whether conservative theological values can co-exist with patient choice. Finally, the panel will conclude with a discussion of the quality of medical care provided to prisoners and how their end of life choices are treated.
Attendees at this panel are eligible for 2 CLE credit in professional practice.
  • Moderator: Sue D. Porter, Compassion and Choices
  • Alicia Ouellette, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Law, Albany Law School; Professor of Bioethics at Union Graduate College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Program in Bioethics
  • Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs, BCC, Adjunct Professor, New York Theological Seminary; Chaplain, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Campus; Author, A Clergy Guide to End of Life Issues; Blogger: Huffington Post
  • Ann Neumann, Editor, The Revealer, The Center for Religion and Media, New York University
  • Honorable Brian Fischer, Commissioner, New York State Department of Corrections
  • Carl J. Koenigsman, M.D., Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Plenary Session: How the Media Affects Policy and Individual Rights, From Schiavo to Death Squads
  • Sherrie Dulworth, R.N., Healthcare Management Consultant and Freelance Reporter

Closing Remarks
Reception to follow


Blogger william Peace said...

Would you care to comment on what has been written about the conference. Here I refer to comments by Steve Drake at Not Dead Yet, my comments at Bad Cripple and Thaddeus Pope's comments at Medical Futility. Was there a particular reason there was no representation of a disability rights activist? This smacks of paternalism or perhaps elitism. Is there not a single disability activist in NYC that was qualified to speak? Seems to me disability activism is perceived to be in some way tawdry by those involved in the conference.

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