Law

Ann Gibbs

Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism (CJCP) Grant

Awarded $4,000 for the period 1/1/08-12/31/08

Source: North Carolina State Bar

Funds support two integral professional development programs. The first,Conversation With, brings in role models to speak about their lives in the law with students in an interview format. Such luminaries as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Rosalie Abella, the first female judge in Canada, and Oliver Hill, a famous civil rights lawyer from Richmond, Virginia, who played a key role in Brown v. Board of Education, have participated. All of the guests are selected for their stellar ethical standards and demonstrated professional values. The series is inspiring and leaves a lasting image of the ideal legal professional in the minds of our students. The First-Year Professionalism series consists of 6 programs, each focusing on a different aspect of professional growth. Esteemed members of the local NC Bar present many of these programs and serve as professional role models. Attendance is mandatory for all first-year students. The goal is to provide them with direct information about the ethical/professional standards and skills that are expected of lawyers.

Mark Hall, CENTER FOR BIOETHICS, HEALTH, & SOCIETY

Data Analysis and strategic planning for Forsyth HealthCare Access

Awarded $34,921 for the period 9/1/13 to 3/31/14

Source: Forsyth HealthCare, Inc.

WFU’s Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society is assisting Forsyth HealthCare, Inc., in developing “safety net” services for the uninsured following implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). This nonprofit program links uninsured patients with family incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty level who are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare with volunteer doctors for primary and specialty care services in Forsyth, Davie, and Stokes counties. The center will review and analyze data to determine patient demographics, the number and type of patient visits, the general disease burden of patients seen, patient turnover, and the number and composition of the uninsured in the service area with and without Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

Kate Mewhinney, Legal Clinic

Health rights of LBGT patients

Awarded $2,500 for the period 7/1/15 to 6/30/16

Source: North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys

The Elder Law Clinic will contribute to outreach efforts to ensure the healthcare rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people. In collaboration with other community groups, it will offer educational events for providers on ethical and legal issues related to LGBT patient care; provide information about, and assistance with, advance directives at LGBT community events; and prepare educational materials on healthcare for older LGBT people.

Client Needs Fund

Awarded $2,000 for the period 7/1/07 to 6/30/08

Source: North Carolina Bar Association

Wake Forest’s Legal Clinic for the Elderly pays legal fees, such as power of attorney registration, for low-income elderly clients through the Client Needs Fund.