Call for papers: end of life decision-making at Hamline University

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 [at] by March 30th, 2012.

A committee will review the abstracts and will invite applicants to speak at the symposium and/or publish in the Hamline Law Review. The committee will base invitations on the relevancy, quality and originality of the abstract. Potential symposium speakers include both scholars and practitioners in law, medicine, and other disciplines. Symposium contributors will be provided with both travel and accommodation expenses, as well as a modest stipend.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For questions, please contact Hamline Health Law Institute Director and Law Professor Thaddeus Pope attpope01 [at]

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