A Discussion on End-of-Life Issues

On April 9, the William S. Richardson School of Law’s Elder Law program will host a thought-provoking talk on end-of-life issues by visiting Professor George Smith from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington. D.C.
Professor Smith’s lecture, entitled “Give Me Liberty … or at Least Give Me a Good Death,” will probe ethics, decision-making and the technical and emotional issues surrounding end of life.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Classroom 1: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
William S. Richardson School of Law 

Following the talk, a three-person panel will discuss the issues from a variety of viewpoints, including the legal, medical and patient perspectives. Moderator is Professor James Pietsch, Director of the Elder Law Program at Richardson Law School.

The panel is expected to offer insight into the potentially thorny issues arising under Hawai‘i’s Uniform Health Care Decisions Act (UHCDA) enacted in 1999. 

Panelists include:

Dr. Daniel Fischberg, Medical Director, Pain & Palliative Care Department, The Queen’s Medical Center,  who will present a doctor’s perspective on such matters as palliative care and sedation, futility, determining a patient’s preferences, and withdrawing or withholding treatment.

Also on the panel will be attorney William Hunt of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing who will offer a lawyer’s perspective on these matters, in particular what it means to represent a healthcare institution.

The final panelist is attorney Scott Makuakane who will discuss the issues and perspective of representing a family in such matters.