Call for Papers on End of Life (March 30 deadline!)

Call For Papers and Presenters Honoring Patients’ Treatment Choices at the End of Life: New Tools, New Challenges, New Limits
Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, MN, November 8-9, 2012
The Health Law Institute at Hamline University and the Hamline Law Review seek proposals for presentations and papers for our all-day fall CLE/CEU Symposium on Friday, November 9, 2012. Our Symposium will examine the problems and solutions to issues currently arising at the intersection of medical law and end-of-life care.
TOPICS: Potential topics include, but are not limited to: – Legal and medical issues concerning the use of POLST orders, especially in Minnesota; – Institutional and community responses to medical futility disputes; – Legal issues involved in end-of-life planning, including advance directives, health care proxies, DNR orders, living wills and the initiation and cessation of artificial support systems (such as artificial nutrition and hydration); – A view of the decision-making process in end-of-life cases from the perspective of the parent, the family and the medical provider; – Decision-making for the “unbefriended” patients without surrogates; – Role of lawyers, guardians ad-litem and the courts in end-of-life cases; – Applicable legal and medical standards in end-of-life cases; – Ethical issues related to the roles of attorneys, medical providers and family members in end-of-life decision-making; and – Any other related topics.
SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Anyone interested in speaking at the Symposium and/or publishing in the Hamline Law Review’s Symposium issue should submit both a CV and a 500-word abstract to: healthlawsym2012@hamline.edu by March 30th, 2012.

Teresa Collett

Teresa Stanton Collett is a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches bioethics, property law, and constitutional law. A nationally prominent speaker and scholar, she is active in attempts to rebuild the Culture of Life and protect the institutions of marriage and family. She often represents groups of state legislators, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association in appellate case related to medical-legal matters. She represented the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota before the U.S. Supreme Court as amici curiae regarding the effectiveness of those states’ parental involvement laws. She has served as special attorney general for Oklahoma and Kansas related to legislation designed to protect the well-being of minors and unborn children. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has testified before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittees on the Constitution, as well as numerous legislative committees in the states.