Wesley J. Smith was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where he practiced law from 1976-1985, during which time he was a partner in his own law firm and served on several bar association committees, including the California State Bar Committee on Public Affairs.

Smith left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. He has authored or co-authored eight books. His first, was The Lawyer Book: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Client Survival, published in 1987. In quick succession he next authored The Doctor Book: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Patient Power (1988) and The Senior Citizens’ Handbook: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to More Comfortable Living (1989). He has co-authored four books with consumer advocate Ralph Nader: Winning the Insurance Game (1990), The Frugal Shopper (1991), Collision Course: The Truth About Airline Safety (1993) and No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America (1996).

Smith is a committed defender of the equality and sanctity of human life. His book Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder (1997), a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement was published in 1997. His current book is Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement.

Smith has been an anti-euthanasia activist since 1993. He is an attorney and consultant for the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force. He has filed amicus briefs on behalf of the IAETF opposing the legalization of assisted suicide in federal and state courts, including in the United States Supreme Court.

Smith’s writing and opinion columns on assisted suicide, bioethics, legal ethics, and public affairs have appeared in national and regional publications throughout the country, including, Newsweek, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Mother Jones, The National Post (Canada), Western Journal of Medicine, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Detroit News, San Diego Union Tribune, Sacramento Bee, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, among many others. He also wrote the chapter on assisted suicide for the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice and an article on the topic in Microsoft’s on-line encyclopedia, Encarta.

Smith has appeared on more than 900 television or radio talk/interview programs, including such national programs as ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN Crossfire, CNN World Report, the CBS Evening News, Dr. Laura (television), CNN Talk Back Live, the Mary Matalin Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Jim Bohannon Show. He has appeared regionally on such programs as the Ronn Owens Show (San Francisco), the David Brudnoy Show (Boston), The Michael Jackson Show (Los Angeles), the Joan Rivers Show (New York), and the Diane Rehm Show (Washington DC). He has also appeared internationally on Voice of America, CNN International, and on programs originating in Great Britain (BBC), Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Smith is an international lecturer and public speaker, appearing frequently at political, university, medical, legal, disability rights, bioethics, religious, and community gatherings across the United States, Europe, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.


 WESLEY J SMITH WEB SITE:  http://www.wesleyjsmith.com/


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