Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00am–9:45am
Welcome Remarks and Keynote Kathryn Tucker, Esq., General Counsel of Compassion & Choices, Inc., will discuss the movement to protect and expand the rights of the terminally ill over the past twenty years, provide an overview of the issues and current state of law and policy, discuss progress and setbacks, and offer thoughts about how these issues will be dealt with in the future.
9:45am–11:00am Panel Discussion: Taking Control and Preserving Autonomy Moderator: Peter J. Strauss Nadia N. Sawicki, Assistant Professor, Loyola Chicago School of Law; 2003-2009, George Sharswood Fellow in Law and Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania Law School Lisa Comeau, Esq., appellate counsel for the patient’s family in Cronin v. Jamaica hospital Medical Center, 60 AD3d 803 (App. Div. 3d Dep’t 2009) a New York lawsuit where the court described the plaintiff as seeking damages for “wrongfully prolonging the decedent’s life by resuscitating him against the express instructions of decedent and his family.” David C. Leven, Esq., Executive Director, Compassion & Choices of New York Mary Beth Morrissey, Esq., Ph.D, M.P.H.; President, Collaborative for Palliative Care, Westchester/NYS Southern Region 11:15am–1:00pm
Panel I: Real-Time Critical Issues David Muller, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Dean for Medical Education, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York; Director, Visiting Doctors Program Gabrielle Goldberg, M.D., Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York; Education Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Health Law Institute and Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law Bonnie Steinbock, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, State University at Albany; founding faculty member, Union Graduate College-Mt. Sinai Bioethics program Paul T. Menzel, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University 1:00pm–2:15pm
Lunch Keynote Hon Sol Wachtler, former Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, author of the opinions in Matter of Eichner and Matter of Storar (1981) and Matter of O’Connor (1988), decisions which established New York law with respect to end-of-life decisions for persons who lacked capacity. Judge Wachtler will address the thinking of the court in those early years and his thoughts on the state of the law today. 2:15pm–4:15pm
Panel II: Special People, Special Issues 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, B.C.C., Sabatical Pastor – Briarcliff Congregational Church, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., Author, A Clergy Guide to End of Life Issues, Blogger, The Huffington Post, Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care, New York Teological Seminary Ann Neumann, Editor, The Revealer,New York University’s Center for Religion and Media; Otherspoon, a blog about religion and end of life care Hon. 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 4:15pm–4:45pm
Plenary Session: How the Media Affects Policy and Individual Rights, from Schiavo to Death Squads Sherrie Dulworth, R.N., executive healthcare management consultant, Master’s candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 4:45pm–5:00pm
Closing Remarks 5:00pm–5:45pm