The Task Force was established by Executive Order N0. 56 (Governor Mario M. Cuomo, 1984) and continued by Executive Order No. 2 (Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2011). The position is available immediately and is located in Albany, NY (preferred) or New York City (depending on circumstances). Salary will be determined at a later date.
The purpose of the Task Force on Life and the Law is to study the legal and ethical implications of complex health issues. The Director will work with the more than 20 accomplished scholars in assorted disciplines who are members of the Task Force to identify, contact, and interact with leading authorities and stakeholders in relevant fields, and to analyze and summarize in a persuasive manner relevant legal and scientific literature.
The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in law, medicine, bioethics, philosophy, and health policy, and the ability to shepherd the studies undertaken by the Task Force to completion in the form of a polished, thorough, professional product that reflects the consensus opinion of the Task Force Chair and members.
• Juris Doctorate (preferred) or postgraduate degree in the field of medicine, bioethics, philosophy, or health policy,
• Demonstrated experience: developing symposia, written reports, and electronic presentations, including achieving consensus among diverse experts and stakeholders
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Helpful, creative, and assistive in the workplace, can give and take directions, receptive to constructive feedback, and able to work effectively both in a team and independently
• Proficient with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Candidates should be able to describe how the candidate would use the above referenced preferred qualifications to meet the following responsibilities under the supervision of the Task Force Chair and the Department’s General Counsel:
• present leading authorities and stakeholders in the relevant field, and relevant legal and scientific literature, to the members of the Task Force
• facilitate efficient, well organized, and productive Task Force meetings, conference calls, and deliberations
• develop symposia, written reports, and electronic presentations
• oversee day-to-day activities of the Task Force and supervise staff in their day-to-day activities
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Submit resume, preferably in PDF format, to Division of Legal Affairs, Corning Tower Building, Room 2438, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237 by email to email@example.com or by fax to (518) 473-2802. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
Notably, the American Academy of Neurology recently "endorsed the belief that preserved neuroendocrine function may be present despite irreversible injury of the cerebral hemispheres and brainstem and is not inconsistent with the whole brain standard of death."
But since the law in every U.S. state requires irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, it seems outside the scope of medical discretion to disregard functions of the hypothalamus and pituitary which are parts of the brain.
The Healthcare Ethics Consortium is a network housed at the Emory Ethics Center comprising approximately 40 health care organizations including hospitals, schools of medicine, schools of nursing and professional associations.
This year’s conference theme is “Deeply Rooted: Healthcare Ethics in an Era of Change.” Keynote speaker is Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, health law professor and bioethicist, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Minnesota. Participants will include physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, ethicists, health lawyers and administrators from across the U.S.
Conference registration, hotel information, and a complete schedule are available here.
by Leslie Francis, Ph.D., JD
Dr. Anita Silvers, 1940-2019, died on March 14, 2019, aged 78. She is survived by her brother, Dr. David Silvers, his family, and many friends, collaborators, colleagues, students, and others whose lives she touched and inspired.
Anita Silvers shaped the field of philosophy substantively, institutionally, and ethically. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College in 1962 and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1967; in addition, she studied at London University in 1965. Upon completing her Ph.D., she was advised by her mentors that it would be prudent to apply for positions in philosophy where in-person interviews were not standard, because of her visible disabilities from childhood polio.…
"A court of law or equity shall not have the authority to require the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from a minor child over the objection of the minor child’s parent or guardian, unless there is conclusive medical evidence that the minor child has died and any electronic brain, heart, or respiratory monitoring activity exhibited to the contrary is a false artifact. For the purposes of this section, “life-sustaining procedure” means the same as defined in section 144A.2."
Other Simon's Law legislation prohibits unilateral action by clinicians. Iowa goes further by also disallowing action by courts. Here is a particularly passionate defense of the bill.