WUCL Professor Appears on National Public Radio
Willamette University College of Law professor Valerie Vollmar was recently interviewed by Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation from Washington, DC. Her appearance on March 8th, focusing on friends and family who assist in the suicide of a terminally ill patient, was prompted by a recent case in Connecticut. Topics discussed on the show included the American legal system's approach to assisted suicide cases and criminal penalties for assisted suicide in Connecticut as well as other states. Also appearing on the talk radio show were representatives from Compassion and Choices and the National Organization on Disability.
Professor Vollmar has been writing and speaking extensively in the field of physician-assisted suicide since 1996. Three times each year she issues non-partisan reports on worldwide developments in physician-assisted suicide to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The reports cover litigation, legislation, and medical developments. Reports dating back to 1997 are available on-line.
Prior to her appearance on NPR, Professor Vollmar has spoken to several groups about physician-assisted suicide including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National College of Probate Judges, various public organizations, and at law review symposiums.