Original Petitioners

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The first step in utilizing the Massachusetts initiative process begins with filing the original petition, a draft of proposed ballot measure. The Massachusetts Initiative Petition for Law requires that a minimum of 10 registered voters sign and submit the petition to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth. These individuals are referred to as the “Original Petitioners.”
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MARCIA ANGELL, MD ● Cambridge, MA
Dr. Angell was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She currently is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Angell writes frequently in professional journals and the popular media on a wide range of topics, particularly medical ethics, health policy, care at the end of life, and the relations between industry and academic medicine. In 1997, Time magazine named Dr. Angell one of the 25 most influential Americans.

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TERRY BARD, PhD ● Newton, MA
Rabbi Bard is a Board Certified Chaplain of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and of the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Massachusetts. He became the Managing Editor of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications in 2009. At the end of December 2007 he retired from his responsibilities as chaplain and director of Pastoral Care and Education at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after 24 years of service.

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NORMA SHAPIRO ● Concord, MA
Mrs. Shapiro has spent her lifetime advocating for adequate funding for public schools, women’s issues, anti-discrimination, and the protection of free speech. Norma is past Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Choice, served as President of the Council for Fair School Finance, and was Legislative Director for the ACLU of Massachusetts. Norma has been honored by many organizations including the League of Women Voters, Association of School Superintendents, and the American Federation of Teachers.

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LEWIS COHEN, FAPM ● Northampton, MA
Dr. Cohen is a Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a clinician-researcher from Baystate Medical Center based in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cohen is the author of the book, No Good Deed, a non-fiction book that follows a murder accusation targeting two nurses who participated in the care of a patient who stopped dialysis and died. He has published over 125 academic articles and chapters in such journals as: the American Journal of Psychiatry, Hastings Report, and Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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CAROL ROSE, JD ● Lexington, MA
Ms. Rose has been Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts since 2003. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career as an advocate for human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties in the United States and abroad. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.

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DAN BROCK, PhD ● Newton, MA
Dr. Brock is a Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the Harvard Medical School. He has served as a consultant in biomedical ethics and health policy to numerous national and international bodies, including the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization.

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JOHN ROBERTS ● Cambridge, MA
A well establish Massachusetts civil rights advocate since the 70′s, Mr. Roberts is not afraid to take on anyone he believes is trampling on the Bill of Rights. As former Executive Director of ACLU Massachusetts, he is no stranger to tackling the tough social issues of his time; including gay rights, reproductive rights, the civil liberty threats of the Patriot ACT, and has recently focused his attention on issues of detention, deportation, and curtailed civil liberties of immigrants.

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HANNAH ZALINGER ● Brookline, MA
Ms. Zalinger serves as treasurer for Compassion & Choices of Greater Boston and has been a social worker and clinical supervisor for more than 30 years. Holly specializes in addiction, mental health, both in-patient and out-patient, and end of life care. Most recently, Holly was a presenter at the 2010 Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers conference on Nursing Home care where she lead a workshop on guiding individuals through complicated end of life options.

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PAUL SPIERS, PhD ● Danvers, MA
Dr. Spiers is a forensic neuropsychologist and is on faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine. Patients’ rights have always been important to him as a professional, but those rights and the choices provided by the ADA became even more important after a paralyzing fall left him in a wheelchair. Dr. Spiers has been President of the Board of Directors of Compassion & Choices and is currently Chair of the Board for an end of life choice, disability rights advocacy organization, AUTONOMY.

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JIM GROSS, JD ● Newton, MA
Mr. Gross has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1977. Before joining Madoff & Khoury of Foxboro, Jim was a founding member of the Boston law firm of Klieman, Lyons, Schindler & Gross, where he served as managing partner. Prior to joining Friedman & Atherton, Jim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas W. Lawless, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. Jim currently serves as President of Compassion & Choices of Greater Boston.

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ED LOWENSTEIN, MD ● Cambridge, MA
Dr. Lowenstein is a Professor of Anesthesia and Professor of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School and Provost of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was the physician, along with three philosophers and two lawyers, who wrote the Philosopher’s Amicus Curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Oregon. He serves on the Board of the Greater Boston Chapter of Compassion and Choices.

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ARNOLD “BUD” RELMAN, MD ● Cambridge, MA
Dr. Relman is professor emeritus of Medicine and of Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Relman served as the editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation from 1962 to 1967 and as editor of the New England Journal of Medicine from 1977 to 1991. He has served as Chief of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine and Boston City Hospital. He has written extensively on the economic, ethical, legal, and social aspects of health care.

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CHARLES “BUZZY” BARON, LLB, PhD ● Westport, MA
Dr. Baron is Professor of Law Emeritus at Boston College Law School, where he taught courses in Constitutional Law and Law and Bioethics. He has lectured and published extensively in the U.S. and Europe on these and other subjects and has represented patients in suits enforcing rights to obtain or refuse treatment. He was the author of the Law Professors’ amicus curiae brief in the two assisted-dying cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 — Vacco v. Quill and Washington v. Glucksberg.

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CARL VALVO, JD ● Concord, MA
Mr. Valvo is a partner at Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley. His practice centers on counseling governmental agencies, business and non-profit organizations, and individuals in a wide range of governmental matters, including ballot initiatives. From 1977 to 1989 he served as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General and was actively engaged in litigation on behalf of the Governor and a wide variety of state agencies and officers at all levels of the state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

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WHITNEY TAYLOR ● Boston, MA
Ms. Taylor is the Field Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. As part of the ACLU advocacy team, Whitney helps develop statewide and local projects in the media, within active community groups, and in the Massachusetts Legislature. In 2008, Whitney successful managed the Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative, also known as Massachusetts Ballot Question 2, to a 65% to 35% victory.


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