Pagosa Springs, CO (PRWEB) April 15, 2005
Attorney Constance d'Angelis has been at the heart of the most controversial legal battle in recent years, the Terri Schiavo Case. Having long been an advocate of no-fault dispute resolution methodologies in these kinds of life and death family matters, d'Angelis brings a powerful and eloquent firsthand viewpoint to this case.
Upon the release of the autopsy report, she can analyze the results and weigh in on the important matters of how--by reason, not emotion--the "persistent vegetative state" diagnosis of Terri Schiavo was arrived at, and why. More importantly, d'Angelis, who remained quiet during the most grueling and emotionally trying moments for those close to Terri Schiavo, can educate the public at large and other attorneys about how to better handle these kinds of matters in the future.
"If there can be no-fault divorces and no-fault car accident rulings," d'Angelis asks, "why can't we bring that same reasoning to family legal matters, especially since so much hurtful emotion was inflamed by the Schiavo Case. In order to prevent such hostile situations in the future, I am joining a national movement for putting the legal mechanics in place for peaceful solutions in these matters."
A highly successful attorney for over twenty-two years, d'Angelis intends to devote much of her focus to being a national ombudsman on the areas of law she knows so well and advocates so tirelessly: Collaborative Law, Restorative Justice, Arbitration, and Mediation. She recently set up a special email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that those with questions on matters of Living Wills and health care surrogate documents can receive helpful and informed advice and referrals through her national network. D'Angelis is also in the process of creating a "Family Collaborative Council" as a new Alternative Dispute Resolution option. She suggests using a team consisting of a mediator, an attorney, and a psychological counselor who would work with both sides to achieve a resolution before a case goes to trial or arbitration. The ultimate goals are to save the financial costs of lengthy litigation and to save families from bitter legal fights.
"Having spent personal time with Terri, and feeling a strong sense of compassion for her plight," says d'Angelis, "I think that while people still remember this case, we can use those memories positively to help other families in the future."
Constance d'Angelis presented the medical testimony and neurological examinations, including CT scans of Terri Schiavo's brain activity, that established the court's opinion of Terri's existence as a "persistent vegetative state." The judge's February 2000 ruling was sustained throughout numerous appeals in both the State and Federal Courts.
Tom Brennan Media
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