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I'm dying, STAT! Call my...lawyer?

William Colby, JD

Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO
October 14, 2009

On December 6, 1989, Bill Colby walked to the podium of the Supreme Court of the United States to plead the case of his client, Nancy Cruzan. Seven months later, our country had a new constitutional right - what the media dubbed the "right to die."

In this lecture, Bill reflects on that December morning from long ago. He talked about what the right to die means today, as society struggles to understand how to best use medicines and technologies that were the stuff of science fiction writers in 1989.

Today, Bill Colby is the General Counsel for the Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City. He is also a long-time friend of the Center for Practical Bioethics and a former Senior Fellow at the Center.