Three law professors publish book chapter in bioethics series

In our lifetimes, many of us may confront issues of the right to refuse medical treatment, whether to pursue gene therapy, or eat genetically modified food. As medicine and technology advances, these and other important questions that lie at the intersection of science, philosophy, medicine and law are being more commonly discussed and debated. 

 Wake Forest University School of Law Professors Chris Coughlin, Tracey Coan and Barb Lentz recently wrote an book chapter entitled, “Bioethics and the Law:  Using Moot Court as a Tool to Teach Effective Argumentation Skills,”  which was published this past month in “Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, and Social Responsibility,” the 10th book in the Annals of Bioethics Series.    

In the book, Coughlin, Coan and Lentz take theories from the fields of communications and cognitive psychology to explain how moot court, a tool commonly used in legal education, can enhance bioethics discourse and students’ argumentation skills. 

The book was compiled and edited by Wake Forest University professors Nancy M.P. King and Michael Hyde, and grew out of a gathering of national scholars in the area of bioethics that Wake Forest hosted two years ago.   Learn more about the book and the conference here.