Wake Forest Law co-hosts ‘Exploring Ethics’ panel on April 18 featuring Professor Kate Mewhinney

Wake Forest Law Professor Kate Mewhinney, director of the Elder Law Clinic, will speak at the seventh annual Exploring Ethics discussion “Urban Myths: Legal Legends about End-of-Life Care You Thought Were True!” The talk will take place from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in the Emergency Medicine Conference Room of the Baptist Health Center. The event is co-hosted by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC).


The discussion aims to debunk common misunderstandings about legal rules pertaining to patients’ stages of life, as well as to reduce provider team anxiety and improve the care they provide.

Mewhinney  has been a member of the medical center’s Ethics Committee for more than 15 years as well as serving on its Clinical Consultation subcommittee. She is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by both the National Elder Law Foundation and the N.C. State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. On the state level, Mewhinney was Chair of the N.C. Bar Association’s Elder Law Section and is a Certified Superior Court Mediator with additional certification to mediate guardianship and estate disputes.  She is also an Associate in the School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine (Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology).

“Urban Myths” will feature two additional panelists each well-versed in advanced-age medical care rules and ethics. They are Beverly Essick, RN and Director of Nursing, Clinical Compliance and Regulatory Service at WFBMC, and Beth Gianopulos (’01),  Legal Department Counsel at WFBMC.

Registration for the event is free and can be completed at http://northwestahec.wfubmc.edu/mura/www/?utm_campaign=trending#/event/40310.