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Past Events

Is Death Different? Two Practioners' Views of the Current State of America's Capital Jurisprudence,

a discussion with George Kouros and Joseph Whalen, Monday, April 21, 2008, at 6:15 PM.

Co-sponsored by the Yale Law Republicans and the Capital Assistance Project.

Mr. Kouros of the Federal Capital Habeas Project and Mr. Whalen, Associate Solicitor General of Tennessee, discussed a number of issues related to death penalty litigation, including the typical profile of a capital defendant, certain complications that regularly arise in capital cases, and new aspects of death penalty litigation since AEDPA.

Embryo Ethics,

a talk by Professor Robert P. George, Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at 6:10 PM.

Co-sponsored by the Yale Federalist Society and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Professor Robert George presented a scientific argument for the full humanity of human embryos, a philosophical argument that human embryos deserve respect, and refutations of the four strongest counterarguments to his view. Professor George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  He is also a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.

The Meaning of Gonzales v. Carhart,

a talk by Professor O. Carter Snead, Thursday, November 29, 2007, at 6:10 PM.

Co-sponsored by the Yale Federalist Society.

Professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, former General Counsel for the President's Council on Bioethics, and chief U.S. negotiator for UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, Professor Snead discussed the content and significance of the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding the federal ban on partial-birth abortion.

Physician Conscience and Patient Autonomy,

a talk by Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Monday, September 24, 2007, at 1:10 PM.

Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics and Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Georgetown University, Dr. Pellegrino spoke about the predicament of medical professionals whose moral commitments conflict with patient requests or professional requirements, e.g., physicians required to participate in executions, pharmacists expected to dispense Plan B.

Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die,

a talk by Wesley J. Smith, Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 6:10 PM.

Co-sponsored with the Yale Law Republicans.

Noted author, attorney, and Discovery Institute Fellow Wesley J. Smith discussed the rise of the assisted suicide movement, both in the United States and internationally, and the potentially dangerous resulting consequences for patient autonomy over health care decisions. 

Why the Pro-Life Position Sounds Religious or Absurd,

a talk by Professor Richard Stith, Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 1:10 PM.

Richard Stith, professor of comparative law and legal philosophy at Valparaiso University, argued that the intractability of the abortion debate may be attributable to the very different conceptions of gestation that underlie the pro-life and pro-choice positions.

Great Expectations and Sobering Truths: Awaiting the Decision of the Court on Partial-Birth Abortion,

a talk by Professor Hadley Arkes, Thursday, December 14, 2006, at 6:10 PM.

Hadley Arkes, Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, spoke about the partial-birth abortion cases that had recently been argued before the Supreme Court and their potential implications for future abortion jurisprudence.