Kathryn Smolinski

Kathryn Smolinski

Director of the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic; Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Law

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Curriculum Vitae


Kathryn Smolinski


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.

Degrees and Certifications

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

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)


  • Kathryn Smolinski

    was the keynote speaker at the the 3rd annual Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Conference in Baltimore. Her talk was titled "Hope and Humor." She also presented "Legal Concerns for Survivors" at the conference.

  • Kathryn Smolinski

    was invited to speak at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's 18th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference. Her presentation was titled, "Decision Making in End of Life Care."

  • Kathryn Smolinski

    represented the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic at the fifth annual Prostate Cancer Symposium at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She provided information about the clinic services available. The event, hosted by Karmanos Cancer Center, was attended by more than 150 cancer patients and their caregivers.

  • Kathryn Smolinski

    co-wrote a chapter, "Educating and training professional social workers in psycho-oncology," in the new third edition of Psycho-Oncology published by Oxford University Press.

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