Michael J. Menconi Jr., ALM, HEC-C, is a certified healthcare ethics consultant who specializes in the mediation of moral and bioethical conflicts that arise in clinical inpatient settings. He served on the ethics committee of South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA where he was a member of the clinical ethics consultation team and directed a clinical ethics needs assessment for South Shore Health System. Prior to his clinical experience, he co-founded the interdisciplinary bioethics blog Student Voices for the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. He is also the co-founder and current president of the Future Child Advocates (FCA) organization, a national university-based advocacy group focused on illuminating issues of child abuse, neglect, and bullying, and in a related capacity serves as advisor to the New York Foundling’s Fontana Youth Initiative. Mr. Menconi has written extensively on matters involving bioethics and health law, including the contemporary emergence of fetal personhood in the American legal system, inconsistencies in the terminal illness criterion in medical aid-in-dying laws, and the complex intersection of clinical bioethics and therapeutic law. His publications have been featured in numerous journals and academic blogs including the Georgetown Bioethics Journal and Women’s Studies. Mr. Menconi has received numerous awards for his academic and volunteer work, including the Chynn Prize in Ethics and Morality. He is an active member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and serves as a public officer on the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee for the New York State Justice Center. He holds a BS in Psychology from Fordham University, an ALM in Legal Studies from Harvard University, and is currently completing the dual MS-MPH program in bioethics and public health at Columbia University while he considers terminal degree options. You can follow his ongoing bioethics commentary via Twitter @Bioethicalmike.