Thaddeus Mason Pope, director of the Health Law Institute and associate professor of law at Hamline University, will present the lecture, “Model Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Intractable Medical Futility Conflicts,” fromnoon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center.
Thaddeus Mason Pope, director of the Health Law Institute and associate professor of law at Hamline University, will present the lecture “Model Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Intractable Medical Futility Conflicts,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center, 370 Bassett Road, North Haven.
Pope’s work-in-progress describes and assesses the fairness of the Texas Advance Directives Act, a notable internal and private dispute resolution mechanism for medical futility disputes. Conflicts over the appropriateness of continuing life-sustaining treatment at the end of life are disturbingly common. Dominant among these conflicts are “medical futility disputes.” In this type of conflict, intensive care unit clinicians determine that it is medically and ethically appropriate to stop life-sustaining treatment and focus on comfort measures only. But the patient’s surrogate decision maker will not consent to that treatment plan. Fortunately, most of these medical futility disputes can be resolvedthrough informal consensus-building approaches; but a significant and growing number of these medial futility conflicts remain intractable.
His lecture is part of the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop series, which features nationally recognized scholars and practitioners. The talks are open to the public as well as the Yale and Quinnipiac communities and are structured to allow time for questions and discussion.
Pope also is an adjunct professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology, and an adjunct associate professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College.
He has more than 100 publications in leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals and book chapters. He also co-authored the definitive treatise: “The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decision Making,” and runs the popular “Medical Futility Blog.”
To RSVP for the lecture, please email [email protected] by Monday, Feb. 23. For more information, please contact Charlie Pillsbury, co-director of the Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac, at 203-582-8145 orat [email protected]