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A Florida law professor who has spoken and written extensively about the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case and other issues pertaining to end-of-life decision making will present a public lecture at Old Dominion University on Monday, Oct. 23, as a guest of the school's Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs (IEPA).

Kathy L. Cerminara, professor of law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium. Her topic will be "Collateral Damage: The Aftermath of Schiavo."
Articles authored by Cerminara include "Theresa Marie Schiavo's Long Road to Peace," "Critical Essay: Musings on the Need to Convince Some People with Disabilities that End-of-Life Decision-Making Advocates Are Not Out to Get Them," and "Tracking the Storm: The Far-Reaching Power of the Forces Propelling the Schiavo Cases."

Schiavo died in March 2005 about 15 years after she suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage and fell into a vegetative state. Her death came after life support was withdrawn. The protracted legal dispute between Schiavo's husband, who pressed for her right to die, and her parents, who wanted to keep her on life support, framed the right-to-life debate.

Cerminara studied law at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University and is an affiliate member of the Health Law Section and Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar.

The IEPA is directed by three members of the ODU philosophy department: Lisa Eckenwiler and Dale Miller, associate professors, and Yvette Pearson, assistant professor.

This article was posted on: October 18, 2006

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