Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cruzan attorney joins Center for Practical Bioethics

William H. Colby, the Kansas City attorney who represented Joe and Joyce Cruzan in their battle to have daughter Nancy's feeding tubes disconnected after a 1982 auto accident left her in a persistent vegetative state, has joined the Center for Practical Bioethics as Senior Fellow, Law and Patient Rights. He will "direct Center activities around the intersection of law, medicine and ethics with a special emphasis on patients' rights and clinical practice," according to a news release from the center.

When he represented the Cruzan family, Colby became the first lawyer to argue a right-to-die case before the US Supreme Court. He has written two award-winning books and has spoken across the country on end of life issues.

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