Deadline: May 02, 2015

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The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law was established in 1985 by Governor Mario Cuomo to address issues arising at the intersection of medicine, law, and ethics. It consists of 23 governor-appointed experts who volunteer their time to assist the State in developing public policy.  The Task Force is comprised of leaders in the fields of religion, philosophy, law, medicine, nursing, and bioethics, and is chaired by New York State’s Commissioner of Health.  The office is located in New York City. 

See http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/task_force/ for more information about the Task Force.

The Task Force has produced influential reports on cutting-edge bioethics issues, including the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment, assisted reproductive technologies, organ transplantation, dietary supplements, assisted suicide, genetic testing, and the allocation of ventilators in an influenza pandemic. 

Ten of the Task Force’s recommendations have been adopted as legislation, regulation, or guidance in New York, and have impacted greatly the delivery of health care in the State.  Task Force work has been relied upon in a number of seminal federal and State court decisions, including the United States Supreme Court’s opinions in Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill, both of which addressed physician-assisted suicide, and the New York Court of Appeals decision in Kass v. Kass, a landmark case regarding the custody of frozen embryos created prior to the couple’s divorce.

The Task Force is seeking 1-2 interns for Summer 2015, with a flexible start date. The intern will assist the Task Force with legal research and drafting memorandum on issues such as organ donation and medical futility. Our office is small and interns will have the chance to have a meaningful impact on our process as we develop policy recommendations. 

Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, and must be in their second or third year of law school.  Ideally, the intern will work approximately 2-5 days/week from the Task Force’s New York City office (90 Church Street), although the work schedule can be somewhat flexible.

This internship is unpaid.  Task Force staff is willing to work with applicant’s institution to facilitate obtaining school credit for the internship, where ava ilable.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume, transcript, cover letter and 5 page writing sample to: taskfce@health.ny.gov.  No telephone calls please.

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