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Establishing New Rights:

A Look at Aid in Dying

Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law

Dean Chemerinsky recently became Dean of Berkeley Law, after serving as the founding Dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law from 2008-2017. Dean Chemerinsky is the author of ten books and more than 200 law review articles. Dean Chemerinsky is a leading scholar on state constitutions. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.


Katherine Morris

Dr. Katherine Morris, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Oklahoma and Stephenson Cancer Center

Dr. Katherine Morris is a physician who has practiced in Portland, OR, Albuquerque, NM, and currently in Oklahoma. During her time in Oregon, Dr. Morris helped provide end-of-life treatment for patients. Dr. Morris was one of the named plaintiffs in the New Mexico case, Morris v. Brandenburg.

Professor Thaddeus Pope

Professor Thaddeus Pope, Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Director of the Health Law Institute

Thaddeus Pope is a law professor and bioethicist using the law both to improve medical decision making and to protect patient rights at the end of life. In over 130 publications, he balances liberty and public health, helps assure adequate informed consent, and develops fair internal dispute resolution mechanisms. He coauthors the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and he runs the Medical Futility Blog (with nearly three million page views).

Kathryn L. Tucker

Kathryn L. Tucker, Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project

Kathryn L. Tucker is Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP), which she founded during her tenure as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC). Ms. Tucker served as lead counsel representing patients and physicians in two landmark federal cases decided by the United States Supreme Court, Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill, asserting that mentally competent terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to choose aid in dying. Ms. Tucker also handles state constitutional litigation asserting claims of a similar nature, including Baxter v. Montana, which established the right to choose aid in dying as a matter of state law, and Morris v. Brandenburg in New Mexico. She currently is handling similar cases in New York and California.

Aid in Dying Panel

Linda M. Vanzi

New Mexico Court of Appeals Chief Judge Linda M. Vanzi

Judge J. Miles Hanisee

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge J. Miles Hanisee

Professor Emeritus Robert L. Schwartz

UNM School of Law Professor Emeritus Robert L. Schwartz

Professor Robert Schwartz join the UNM School of Law faculty in 1976 and shortly thereafter, focused on Health Law. Presently, his work focuses on the areas of end-of-life care, death and dying, managed care and the application of civil liberties principles to the health care enterprise. Professor Schwartz has been working on aid in dying since the first New Mexico bill made it through its first Senate committee in 1996.

Scott Fuqua

Scott Fuqua, Owner, Fuqua Law & Policy

Scott is a 2001 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the former Director of the Litigation Division at the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. In that capacity, he defended several New Mexico statutes against constitutional challenge, including New Mexico's prohibition on assisted suicide or aid in dying. He is now in solo practice in Santa Fe.

State Constitutions/Supreme Courts Panel

Andrew G. Schultz

Andrew G. Schultz, Director, Rodey Law Firm

Andrew is an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico School of Law and is a leading scholar and practitioner in state constitutional law.

Laura Schauer Ives

Laura Schauer Ives, Partner, Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives Civil Rights Law

Laura Ives is a partner at Kennedy, Kennedy, & Ives and served as counsel in Morris v. Brandenburg. She is a member of the advisory committee to the Disability Rights Legal Center End of Life Liberty Project and is involved in efforts to establish Aid in Dying Legislation through the New Mexico State Legislature.

Judge Linda M. Vanzi

New Mexico Court of Appeals Chief Judge Linda M. Vanzi    (TBD)