Wayne State University
Kathryn M. Smolinski
Kathryn M. Smolinski
Director of the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Room 1228
(313) 577-9911
Fax (313) 577-9379


J.D., Wayne State University Law School
M.S.W., University of Michigan
B.A., University of Michigan


Kathryn M. Smolinski is director of the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic.

The clinic grew out of a medical-legal partnership Smolinski created through a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship she was awarded while a third-year Wayne Law student.

Before attending law school, she worked for 20 years as an oncology social worker, including serving as executive director of the Association of Oncology Social Work and as a senior oncology social worker at The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and English and a master of social work from the University of Michigan, as well as a law degree from Wayne Law.


November 7, 2014
Kathryn M. Smolinski has been elected to distinguished fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Social Work Academy as a distinguished practitioner and fellow. The honor acknowledges outstanding achievement and recognized leaders in their profession. Induction will take place in April at the organization's annual meeting and forum. 

In The News

January 7, 2015
Kathryn M. Smolinski was quoted in The National Jurist article on "The Most Innovative Clinics" as director of the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, which was named to the magazine's Top 10 list.

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Publications of Note

Three chapters - "Oncology Social Work Throughout the Continuum of Cancer Care" with Brad Zebrack and Barbara L. Jones; "Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Individuals Diagnosed with Cancer" with William Goeren; and "Legal Issues that Affect Quality of Life for Oncology Patients and Their Caregivers" with Debra Wolf - in The Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer. Oxford University Press (2015)

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