SUMMIT, NJ - Judge Paul W. Armstrong, widely acknowledged as being one of the most influential persons in the field of bioethics, recently spoke to a group of Kent Place School (KPS) Upper School students, KPS bioethics scholars, parents and community members, presenting thought-provoking and bioethics-driven questions to the audience for the purpose of analysis and discussion.
Armstrong argued the Karen Ann Quinlan case in the 1970's, which completely changed the landscape around end-of-life, and is credited with the founding of the hospice movement which began as a result of the case. He also argued the other seminal case in bioethics, the Nancy Cruzan case, which resulted in a change of laws.
Armstrong was a judge for the District 13 Superior Court in New Jersey. He was nominated by Governor Christine Todd Whitman in 2000 and reappointed with tenure in 2007. Armstrong retired from the bench in May 2015 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Following his retirement, Armstrong was assigned to the Morris County bench as a recall judge. Recall judges in New Jersey are retired judges who serve the court on a temporary basis. He has also served as Chair of the New Jersey Bioethics Commission.
Armstrong earned a B.A. from the University of Dayton and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame