University of Illinois at Springfield
UIS Home  |  Search UIS  
empty

Contact:

Glen Cope
217/206-6523

Click here to go to the UIS Home Page

PRESS
RELEASE
INDEX:

This Year
2002
2001
2000

 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Attorney in first "right to die" case to speak at UIS

October 8, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - Attorney William Colby, who represented the family of Nancy Cruzan in the first "right-to-die" argument ever heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, in Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Colby's talk is part of the UIS course "Dying in America: Policy Issues at the End of Life," taught by Phillip Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Humanities at SIU School of Medicine and an adjunct faculty member at UIS.

Colby was a young attorney in a prominent Kansas City law firm when he agreed to represent the Cruzan family in their suit to remove 33-year-old Nancy from life support. Doctors had refused the request even though Nancy had already spent five years in a persistent vegetative coma. The result was a long struggle through the legal system, against powerful opposition, that ultimately led to the Supreme Court. Colby's book Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan details the journey.

Colby now teaches at the University of Kansas School of Law and is a Fellow at the Midwest Bioethics Center in Kansas City, the leading practical bioethics think tank in the country.

He has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, CBS This Morning, and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, among other national programs, and has spoken across the country on ethical and legal issues related to death and dying.

Colby's appearance in Springfield is jointly sponsored by UIS' College of Public Affairs and Administration, ACLU Springfield Chapter, SIU School of Medicine, and the Central Illinois Palliative Care Initiative.

For more information, contact Vicki Lock at (217) 206-6523.

  UIS HOME PAGE | SEARCH THE UIS WEBSITE | PRESS RELEASE INDEX