Wake Forest Pro Bono Project collaborates with WFBMC Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide cancer patients with free legal help
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March 13, 2014
The Pro Bono Project at Wake Forest Law is partnering with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to help cancer patients with legal needs free of charge at WFBMC’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Downtown Health Plaza starting Friday, March 28.
More than 40 Wake Forest Law students have been trained regarding advance directives and are dedicated to engaging in medical pro bono services, according to Wake Forest Law Director of Outreach Beth Hopkins.
“This project is a wonderful opportunity for students to provide legal information to cancer patients who face making critical health decisions,” she explained. “The project involves intensive student training and focuses on the resources available to allow patients to protect assets and direct how they want their health care and personal affairs managed. Further, the students under the supervision of an assigned attorney, help cancer victims understand the necessity of advance directives, wills, and power of attorney documents.”
Area attorneys from Wall, Esleeck and Babcock Law and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have signed up to supervise students as they help patients complete their advanced directives, Hopkins added.
Wake Forest Law students will help cancer patients understand the importance of completing advance directive forms, which are legal documents that allow patients to spell out decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. Advance directives provide patients with a way to express their wishes to family, friends and healthcare professionals early on in their illness.
Law students participated in a thorough training program to familiarize them with the law, as well as share communication skills for this sensitive subject, Hopkins said. Two mandatory training sessions were held at the law school.
Law students will assist patients with appointments at the WFBMC Cancer Center on April 11 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The clinic is located on the second floor of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Interested patients can schedule an appointment with Laura L. Drye, MHA, CCS-P, Financial Manager of Radiation Oncology, by calling 336.713.3174.
Law students will also be available to meet with cancer patients on March 28 at the Downtown Health Plaza, 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., also at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment at WFBMC’s Downtown Health Plaza, contact Cathy Kilby at 336.713.9616.