Monthly Archives: August 2012

How Physician Aid in Dying Became a Medical, Not a Legal, Issue

The physician's role in "aid in dying" services to patients has long been a controversial issue. Recently, a change has occurred in how we look at this process with the question changing from "is it legal?" to "is it a medically appropriate end of life option in this case?" Why has this shift occurred and what does it mean moving forward?

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About the Speaker: 

Professor Schwartz received his B.A. in Philosophy at Stanford and graduated from Harvard Law School.  He served as law clerk to the High Court of American Samoa in Pago Pago before moving to New Mexico to practice Indian Law.  In 1976 he left practice to join the faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he has taught ever since.  He has been a visiting professor at Seton Hall University, Southern Illinois University, the University of Tasmania (Australia), the University of Granada (Spain), and the Indian Law Institute (New Delhi).  In addition to his role as chair of the New Mexico Health Policy Commission, he has taken leave from his teaching to serve as General Counsel to the New Mexico Human Services Department, and he has worked as a WHO consultant on health law to the governments of Vietnam, Cambodia and Tonga.  His primary areas of interest are health law (and, especially bioethics and health care decision-making), legislative process and tort law.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Hastings several times.