Friday, June 26, 2020

More About Margaret Dore: "Growing Up, Other Families Went Camping"

Grade School Reunion 2015
Margaret Dore is a fourth generation lawyer in Seattle Washington. Her father was a lawyer and politician who ultimately served as Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. Her mother was a politician’s wife and a political activist in her own right, best known for her work to raise awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and also to help affected families and to promote medical research. Growing up, other families went camping. Dore’s family went campaigning.

Dore is an appellate lawyer. Her published cases include Lawrence v. Lawrence, a family law case that received national recognition. Dore’s law practice has also included guardianship, wills and probate. In that capacity, she has seen the terrible things that people do for money, especially in the inheritance context. 

In 2008, Dore attended a meeting proposing assisted suicide legalization in Washington State, via a statewide initiative. Reading the text, she saw that the proposed Act was stacked against the individual and a recipe for elder abuse. It nonetheless passed.

Since then, Dore has personally appeared and argued against assisted suicide and euthanasia legalization in at least 20 states, working with the help of local allies and often successful to stop legalization. She also works internationally. In 2016, her affidavit in a South African court case was credited with preventing legalization in that country.

More recently, Dore appeared as an amicus curiae in Glassman v Grewal, which seeks to overturn legal assisted suicide and euthanasia in New Jersey. The case is now on appeal.