Kathryn Marie Smolinski (dz3519)

University information

Title: Associate Professor - Clinical
Unit: Law Instruction Units
Department: Law School

Contact information

471 W. Palmer
Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic
Law School
Detroit, 48202

Law School


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.

Office Location:

Room 2217.08

Degrees and Certifications:

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

Phone: (313) 577-9911
Fax: (313) 577-9379
Curriculum Vitae: https://people.wayne.edu/profile/dz3519/2043/kathryn_m._smolinski_cv_november_2015.pdf 574498 1562711495 file
Publications of Note:

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

Legal Issues that Affect Quality of Life for Oncology Patients and Their Caregivers, with Debra Wolf, The Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer, Oxford University Press (2015)

Title: Director of the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic; Associate Professor (Clinical) of Law
Kathryn Marie Smolinski

Courses taught by Kathryn Marie Smolinski

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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