Kathryn Smolinski

Kathryn Smolinski

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


Room 2217
(313) 577-9911
(313) 577-9379 (fax)

Kathryn Smolinski

  • Biography

    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)

  • Accomplishments
    • Kathryn Smolinski was named a 2019 Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Fellow. The purpose of AOSW Fellowship is to recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology.
    • Kathryn Smolinski contributed a chapter to “Palliative Care: A Guide for Health Social Workers.” Her chapter is on “Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care.”
    • Kathryn Smolinski was a speaker at the Association of Oncology Social Work’s meeting on the Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Surrogate Decision-Making.