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Law School Faculty Member Receives Certification in Elder Law

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) – the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law – has announced that Kate Mewhinney of Winston-Salem has successfully completed its examination leading to such certification. Mewhinney is a Clinical Law Professor and the Managing Attorney of The Elder Law Clinic of Wake Forest University School of Law, which exclusively represents people age 60 and older. In The Elder Law Clinic, upper level law students gain practical experience and course credit while providing much needed legal assistance to senior citizens. The program’s website has information for the public and resources for lawyers.

Certification in elder law – one of the fastest growing fields in the legal profession – provides a measure of assurance to the public that an attorney has an in-depth working knowledge of the legal issues that impact the elderly. The NELF certification is recognized as a speciality by the North Carolina State Bar. There are six certified elder law attorneys in North Carolina, and 320 in the United States.

Kate Mewhinney was one of the first North Carolina attorneys to take and pass the certification exam in 1994. Following a recertification examination and peer references, NELF has just announced her recertification. Professor Mewhinney is a 1978 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and has practiced law in Winston-Salem since 1978. She was Chair of the N. C. Bar Association’s Elder Law Section, for 2003-04, and is currently a member of the Executive Council of the General Practice Section of the NCBA. In addition, she is a Certified Superior Court Mediator and is an Associate in the School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine – Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology.