University of Pittsburgh
October 3, 2006

Annual Nordenberg Lecture in Law and Psychiatry to Be Held Oct. 12

Noon lecture titled "Autonomy and Profoundly Mentally Disabled Persons"
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Norman L. Cantor, professor of law emeritus and Nathan Jacobs Distinguished Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, will deliver the annual Mark A. Nordenberg Lecture in Law and Psychiatry at noon Oct. 12 in the Barco Law Building's Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Cantor's free public lecture is titled "Autonomy and Profoundly Mentally Disabled Persons."

Cantor, who joined Rutgers faculty in 1970 and became professor emeritus in 2005, taught in such diverse areas as constitutional law, labor law, contracts, and bioethics. His articles on the legal handling of dying medical patients have been widely published in legal and medical journals. He has written three books Making Medical Decisions for the Profoundly Mentally Disabled (The MIT Press, 2005), Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity (Indiana University Press, 1993), and Legal Frontiers of Death and Dying (Indiana University Press, 1987).

Cantor is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as "Notes and Comments" editor of the Columbia Law Review.

He has served as a visiting professor at Columbia University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University. He also was a Merck Visiting Scholar in the program on Health Law and Policy at Seton Hall University School of Law. Cantor divides his time between New Jersey and Tel Aviv and is working on a book about law's relation to the human cadaver.

The lecture, named after Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, former dean of the law school, is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of substantive CLE credit. For more information, contact Matt Moon at 412-648-1320 or or visit