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October Speaker - Dana Cody, President, Life Legal Defense Foundation

  • 10/16/2013
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, 14661 Franklin Ave, Ste 15, Tustin, CA 92780

Dana Cody
President, Executive Director
Life Legal Defense Foundation

Active Killing:  What the Law Allows

From Robert Wendland to Terri Schiavo, the past several decades have seen a proliferation of conflicts regarding whether or not to provide life-sustaining care to certain individuals. These controversies have been fueled by conflicting ideologies and cultural forces and the acceptance of the belief that hastening death is an acceptable form of “treatment.” Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a hastened death on October 16th at the St. Thomas More Society monthly lunch.

Dana Cody, an attorney with the Life Legal Defense Foundation, will address the issue of protecting the innocent and disabled from the threat of forced death, which will bring practical insight on how to protect and defend yourself and your loved ones.  Ms. Cody presented a continuing legal education on this issue earlier this year. The course is available for continuing legal education credit at

Dana Cody has been championing the rights of women and the unborn for over twenty years. She started as a lay-counselor to women in crisis pregnancies, then fulfilled her passion to protect women and children victimized by abortion by obtaining her Juris Doctor from Western State University in 1993.

After graduating from law school, she accepted a post-graduate fellowship with the Rutherford Institute, organized to protect religious liberty and free speech rights. Ms. Cody immediately passed the bar and continued as staff counsel for Rutherford Institute’s Western Regional Office.

After leaving her position as staff counsel, she went to work as a consultant to the Assembly Education Committee, then chaired by pro-life Assembly Member Steve Baldwin. Assemblyman Baldwin was a member of the Assembly Health Committee, which allowed Ms. Cody to consult Mr. Baldwin on life issues.

In 1996, Ms. Cody accepted the invitation to serve as a board member of Life Legal Defense Foundation. After leaving her consulting position she accepted the position as Life Legal’s Executive Director.

Ms. Cody was co-counsel in People’s Advocate v. ICOC, a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to fund human embryonic stem cell research.

Ms. Cody served as an adjunct professor at Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California, having taught the course The Right to Life and the Law. She also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento Superior Court at the Carol Miller Justice Center.

Dana Cody lives in the Jacksonville, Florida area with her husband, Doug, a PGA teaching professional. She has one son, Jeffrey Townsend, who serves in the United States Navy. He resides in Florida with his wife Jennifer, and their children, Evan and Kiley.


Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters (Map)
14661 Franklin Ave, Ste 15
Tustin, CA  92780


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