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Symposium examines "Establishing New Rights: A Look at Aid in Dying"

August 23, 2017 - Tamara Williams

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, will present the keynote address.
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, will present the keynote address.

The student-run New Mexico Law Review and the UNM School of Law are bringing together national scholars, judges, and local experts to explore the ramifications of creating new rights, such as the right to die, through state constitutional interpretation in a day-long symposium.

Establishing New Rights: A Look at Aid in Dying will be held at the UNM School of Law on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. The Law School is located at 1117 Stanford NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 general hours of credit.

The Symposium will explore aid in dying from medical and legal perspectives, the background of New Mexico’s rulings on aid in dying, and how other states have tried or succeeded in legalizing aid in dying.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, will present the keynote address on the history of state constitutions in providing civil rights.

New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels will present on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s history of interpreting its constitution to establish civil liberties.

Panels comprised of New Mexico judges and legal experts will discuss the topics of Aid in Dying and the role of state judiciaries.

Many Symposium speakers will contribute essays based on their talks to be published in a special symposium issue of the National Law Review Spring in the ​spring of 2018.

The Symposium is designed to foster dialogue among those most closely connected to the issues of the role of the judiciary and state constitutions and/or teaching in these matters, but is also free and open to the public. Early registration is strongly encouraged.