Legal clinic for cancer patients recognized for innovation

Wayne State University Law School's Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic was recognized by preLaw magazine as one of the nation's top 15 most-innovative law school clinics.

Wayne Law was the only Michigan law school represented on the list. The Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic was ranked in the top 15, while 10 other clinics were recognized as runners-up.

The magazine sought nominations from law schools nationwide. Nominations from more than 76 law schools were reviewed. The magazine evaluated clinics for innovation in subject matter, structure or community served.

A story on the honored clinics will be published in preLaw magazine's winter issue. A version of the story also will appear in the January issue of The National Jurist. The list of honorees was published on the preLaw website Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic is a medical-legal partnership that offers students training in practical lawyering skills while providing an invaluable service to low-income cancer patients living in the metro-Detroit area.

The medical-legal partnership was established in 2011 as a two-year fellowship funded by Equal Justice Works. The program was spearheaded by Kathryn M. Smolinski, an Equal Justice Works Fellow, who earned her law degree from Wayne Law and master of social work degree from the University of Michigan. Smolinski has 20 years of experience in the field of oncology social work and a passion to serve the cancer community. In fall 2013, the program was selected to become a new clinic course offering at Wayne Law, beginning in January 2014, staffed by Smolinski as clinic director and adjunct assistant professor.

The areas of law in which the clinic provides assistance include employment, housing, insurance, long-term benefits and public benefits.

Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014