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Schedule of Events

Friday, February 7, 2014

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

David B. Thronson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Melanie B. Jacobs, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

9:10 a.m.

Living with Terminal Illness: The Ethical Challenges Presented by a Mature Child’s Medical Decision-Making Power

Moderator: Melanie B. Jacobs, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Bruce Jennings, Center for Humans & Nature, Yale School of Public Health, “Rights of Passage: Ethical Aspects of Adolescent End of Life Care”

Browne C. Lewis, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Center for Health Law & Policy, “Pain Matures: Terminally Ill Minors and Physician-Monitored Suicide”

Dr. Thomas Tomlinson, Michigan State University Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, “End of Life Decisions for Terminally Ill Adolescents: Can We Lighten Parents’ Moral Burden?”

Dr. Sana Loue, Case Western Reserve University, “Conducting Research with Adolescents: Ethical and Legal Issues”

11:00 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m.

Listening to the Child’s Voice: Possible Frameworks to Change the Mature Minor’s Decision-Making Role

Moderator: Brian Kaser, Visiting Professor, Michigan State University College of Law

John Lunstroth, University of Houston Law Center, “Ethics Committees of Children: Increasing Children’s Agency in Clinical Decision Making”

Dr. Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Center for Transnational Legal Studies and Georgetown University; Aria Laskin and Noah Dolgoy, Students, Center for Transnational Legal Studies and University of Toronto School of Law, “Beyond Autonomy? A Transnational Comparison of End-of-Life Decision Making”

Molly J. Walker Wilson, Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Law, “Adolescent Medical Decision Making: Legal and Psychological Considerations”

12:40 p.m. Lunch
1:40 p.m.

The Physician, the Family, and the Mature Child: The Reality of Relationships in End-of-Life Care

Moderator: Louis Kraus, Consulting Editor, Journal of Medicine and Law

Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, “Neonatal Issues”

Anthony W. Austin, Fennemore Craig, “The Crossroads of Law and Media in Medical Decisions”

Leslie P. Francis, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the Univeristy of Utah, “Confidentiality and Sharing Information when Adolescents are Seriously Ill”

3:00 p.m. Conclusion

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