CLE | Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) in New York: The Final Countdown?

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | HOW: via ZOOM | MCLE: 2.0 (1.0 Ethics, 0.5 Skills, 0.5 DIEB) | COST: $25 and FREE for all Legal Aid Society employees | Fee Waivers available here | This CLE is appropriate for both newly admitted and established lawyers.

Be prepared for the potential impact of the proposed Medical Aid in Dying legislation currently before the New York State Legislature. Lawmakers have been discussing this legislation since 2016 when it was introduced by Assemblymember Amy Paulin, and now there are 85 sponsors of the proposed bill.

In January 2024, the New York State Bar Association Taskforce on Medical Aid in Dying published a report in which the 22-member taskforce unanimously recommended NYSBA adopt a position in support of the pending MAID bill (A995a/S2445).

Stay ahead of the curve and ensure YOU are equipped to navigate this evolving legal landscape and attend this 2-hour CLE offered by NYSBA Taskforce Member and Assistant Clinical Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate Medical University Center for Bioethics and Humanities Edward F. McArdle, JD, HEC-C and his colleague palliative care physician Judith Setla, MD, MPH.

What you will gain:

  1. An introduction to the bill’s concepts and terminology. Learn why it’s been a controversial issue in the Empire state, while 11 other U.S. jurisdictions have passed like laws. Delve into the slippery slope contentions.
  2. History of MAiD laws in the U.S. and how they’re comparable to Canadian, and other countries, laws. Review legal backdrop to MAiD including U.S. Sup. Ct. Quill v. Vavvo (no federal constitutional right to MAiD) and Myers v. Schneiderman (2017 Ct. of Appeals -no state constitutional right to MAiD).
  3. A review of the current proposed bill and points propounded in the NYSBA report that recommend improved access to MAiD by vulnerable populations via insurance coverage for clinician services and through prescription coverage; ethics review to ensure MAiD rules are followed for vulnerable populations; and that robust training is created.
  4. Looking forward to what MAiD could look like in practice in New York State – clinical, ethical and legal concerns and how to address them.

Review Report and Recommendations of the New York State Bar Association Taskforce here.


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