For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

April 19, 2006

Schiavo Attorney to Speak at UW Law School

Jon B. Eisenberg, one of the lead attorneys on Michael Schiavo's side of the Terri Schiavo case, will speak at the University of Washington School of Law April 25, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 138.  Eisenberg's talk is sponsored by UW Law Students for Choice.

The author of Using Terri, Eisenberg represented Terri's guardian and husband, Michael.  Five years after Terri was diagnosed as being in a "persistent vegetative state" following a cardiac arrest in 1990, Michael petitioned the courts to remove her feeding tube.  Terri's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, however, opposed the removal of Terri's life support and fought a series of legal battles opposing Michael.  By March 2005, however, the courts found in favor of her husband.  Terri died in a Florida hospice on March 31, 2005.  The Terri Schiavo case has been described as a "key battle" in a larger political struggle of abortion, physician-assisted suicide, the right-to-die, and the appointment of federal judges. 

Eisenberg's talk is part of the 2nd Annual Law Students for Choice Film Festival.  The festival schedule follows:

Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Gates Hall 138

Roots of Roe

Speak Out:  I Had an Abortion

The Abortion Diaries

 

Tuesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m., Gates Hall 138

Jon Eisenberg

 

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., Gates Hall 138

I Witness

Rosita

Motherless