C|M|LAW’s Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy was a visiting scholar this summer at The Hastings Center. The Hastings Center, located in Garrison, New York, is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest. Professor Lewis is conducting research on human oocyte cryopreservation for a chapter to be included in a book that is being published by Oxford University Press in 2015. On June 26, 2013, at the Hastings Center, she presented Bioethics and Reproductive Technology. Her presentation focused on the legal and ethical issues that arise because of the law’s failure to regulate adequately the use of reproductive technology.
As one of six public health law scholars in residence with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , Professor Lewis will work for six months with the Cleveland Public Health Department to develop a plan to reduce the use of small cigars by young adults in the city. On June 20, 2013, Professor Lewis presented Where There is Smoke: Regulating Small Cigars to Protect Children at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Public Health Scholar in Residence Program in Austin, Texas, Her presentation focused on the manner in which tobacco companies are targeting young adults. Even though cigarette smoking is down, the use of small cigars has increased by almost 123%.
Professor Lewis also served as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Medical Humanities of the University of Texas Medical Branch. While at the Institute, she researched the ethics of patient dumping. Her presentation on June 13, 2013, Graceful Exit: Addressing the Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide focused upon the ethics of physician-assistant suicide and the physician’s ability to declare medical futility. In Texas, there is a procedure in place for the physician to declare a patient medically futile and to remove that patient from life support over the objections of the patient’s next-of-kin.
On June 1, 2013, at the Law & Society Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, Professor Lewis presented Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish: Addressing the Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction. Also at the Law and Society meeting, a group of professors discussed her book Papa’s Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination in an author-meets-reader session.