Bill Colby is a lawyer. He represented the family of Nancy Cruzan from trial in Missouri to the United States Supreme Court, and back again. He later represented the Busalacchis and other families caught in similar tragic circumstances. Bill has talked about the issues surrounding appropriate care at the end-of-life on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The MacNeil Lehrer Report and other shows. He has also spoken at various national meetings across the country, including the American Bar Association Annual Meeting (along with then Solicitor General Kenneth Starr).
After graduation from Kansas, Bill clerked at the United States Court of Appeals
for the D.C. Circuit, and practiced with a Wall Street law firm before returning
to Kansas City in 1985. He left the practice of law in 1999 to try to write
a book about the Cruzan case. He is also a Fellow at the Midwest Bioethics Center,
and teaches Law and Bioethics as an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas.
Bill lives in Kansas with his wife, four children, and their dog, Spot.