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Colby to Address Constitutional Issues Colby to Address Constitutional Issues

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 8/30/2006 - Attorney and author William H. Colby will bring both personal and legal perspectives on constitutional issues to the University of Central Missouri campus as he speaks Monday, Sept. 18, in commemoration of Constitution Day.

Attorney and author William H. Colby

Attorney and author
William H. Colby

Discussion of Impact of the Constitution

Colby is visiting campus as part of the university's participation in the American Democracy Project. He will speak on "The Constitution's Impact on Our Lives: One Missouri Family's Story" at 10 a.m., followed by an open discussion about his most recent book, "Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America," at 1 p.m. Both events are in the Elliott Union ballroom and are open to the public.

Copies of Book Available Prior to Event

Copies of Colby's book will be available in UCM's University Store on the lower level of the Elliott Union two weeks prior to his presentation on campus.

Mr. Colby will autograph copies of his book at 2:30 p.m. in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Known for Representation of Cruzan Family

Colby gained national recognition as he represented the family of Nancy Cruzan, a Missouri woman living in a persistent vegetative state following a 1983 automobile accident. Colby represented the family in the first right-to-die case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. With Colby's counsel, her family fought to end efforts to sustain her life until the request was granted in 1990.

Career Includes Teaching

A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where he has served as an adjunct and associate visiting professor, Colby currently is a senior fellow with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, D.C.

American Democracy Project Continues

The American Democracy Project is a cooperative initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, The New York Times, and AASCU Member-Institutions. The project involves 183 member campuses including University of Central Missouri. It includes a series of national activities coordinated by the national project coordinators and a series of local activities coordinated by each participating campus.

This event is sponsored on campus in part by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Department of Career and Technology Education, the Department of Marketing and Legal Studies and the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.