• HLR-2012 Symposium

    Legal, Medical, and Ethical Issues in Minnesota End-of-Life Care

    November 8-9, 2012
    Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minn.

    The Health Law Institute and the Hamline Law Review were pleased to present their 2012 Symposium, Legal, Medical, and Ethical Issues in Minnesota End-of-Life Care. Federal and Minnesota law recognize that individuals generally have the right to choose the time and manner of their death.  However, these rights are not uniformly recognized in practice and there are many legal and practical limits on when and how they are honored.  This conference addressed a broad range of legal, medical, and ethical issues in Minnesota end-of-life care.  In particular, the conference addressed:

    • Minnesota POLST (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)
    • Medical decision making for the "unbefriended" (incapacitated patients and long-term care residents with no reasonably available surrogate)
    • Guardianship processes and procedures
    • Ethical issues in surrogate decision making
    • Medical futility disputes (over whether requested treatment is appropriate and beneficial)

    Symposium informational brochure (overview, objectives, directions and parking, schedule descriptions, planning committee, campus map, and registration form)

    Click here to see photos from the event!


    Over 200 guests attended the Symposium.  Guests included attorneys, physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, legal aids, professors, ethicists, and students.  Major organizations in attendance included Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospitals, Veterans Affairs, Mercy Hospital, University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law, Allina, HelathPartners, United, Medica, American Cancer Society, Park Nicollet, Abbott Northwestern, North Memorial Hospital, Sanford, HCMC, MN Department of Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and the MN House of Representatives.


    • Thaddeus M. Pope, JD, Ph.D., Director, Health Law Institute, Associate Professor, Hamline University School of Law
    • Elizabeth Winchell, Editor-in-Chief, Hamline Law Review
    • Bernard "Bud" Hammes, Ph.D., Director, Medical Humanities and Respecting Choices Gundersen Lutheran Health System; Chair, National POLST Paradigm Task Force; Vice President, International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care
    • Edward Ratner, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota; Medical Director, Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice
    • Marshall Kapp, JD, M.P.H., Florida State
    • Stanley Terman, Ph.D., M.D., Medical and Executive Director, Caring Advocates
    • Barbara Noah, JD, Western New England University
    • Maxine Harrington, JD, Texas Wesleyan School of Law
    • Adam Candeub, JD, Michigan State University College of Law
    • Stanley Terman, Ph.D., M.D., Medical and Executive Director, Caring Advocates
    • Honorable Jay Quam, JD, Presiding Judge, Hennepin County Probate/Mental Health Court
    • Robert McLeod, JD, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum
    • Andrea Palumbo, JD, Gores Law Office
    • Anita Raymond, M.S.W., LISW, CMC, Volunteers of America of Minnesota
    • Rebecca Volpe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Medicine; Director, Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, Penn State Hershey Medical Center
    • Victor Sandler, M.D., Medical Director, Fairview Home Care & Hospice; Co-Chair, Bioethics Committee, University of Minnesota Medical Center
    • Kathleen Meyerle, JD, Legal Department, Mayo Clinic
    • Suzy Scheller, JD, Scheller Legal Solutions LLC.
    • Kathryn Tucker, JD, Director of Legal Affairs, Compassion & Choices; Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School/Los Angeles


    The Hamline Law Review Issue 2 of Volume 36 was released in October 2013 and serves as a complement to the symposium. To order a hard copy, please send a check for $8 with the shipping address requesting Volume 36, Issue 2 to:

    Operations Editor
    Hamline Law Review
    Hamline University School of Law
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104


    Contact Kari Winter, Program Manager (kwinter03@hamline.edu)