Prof. Kaveny Addresses Health Care Debate in NY Times

Author: Susan Good

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Notre Dame Professor of Law M. Cathleen Kaveny tells the New York Times that the debate over the relationship of abortion and euthanasia to other issues of social justice is “the great tension in Catholic thought right now,” including in the debate over health care reform. Her comments appeared in a front-page story of the August 27, 2009 edition.

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Among other subjects, Professor Kaveny teaches “Ethics and Law at the End of Life,” which looks at the issues of assisted suicide and euthanasia from an interdisciplinary perspective. She also worked as an associate in the health-law group of Boston firm Ropes & Gray. She writes extensively on questions of health care ethics.

Kaveny’s scholarly focus is on the relationship of law and morality. She joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty as an associate professor in 1995 and was named the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law in 2001. She earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1984, and holds four graduate degrees from Yale University including her M.A. (1986), M.Phil (1990), J.D. (1990) and Ph.D. (1991). A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993, Professor Kaveny clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.