Martha (Meg) Gaines

Emeritus Director, Center for Patient Partnership (CPP); Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law


J.D. 1983, University of Wisconsin Law School
LL.M. 1993, University of Wisconsin Law School


Martha E. (Meg) Gaines is a 1983 cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she received the Wisconsin Law Alumni Award for outstanding contribution to the community. After law school, Meg clerked for the late Judge Thomas Tang of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Phoenix, Arizona (1983), worked as a trial attorney for the Milwaukee office of the State Public Defender (1985-1987), and returned to the Law School's Remington Center where she taught until becoming Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs (1998-2000). Meg was the 1995 recipient of the campus-wide Chancellor's Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Meg received her B.A. in Religion in 1977 from Vassar College and her LL.M in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Her master's thesis is titled "I do make house calls--Effective Legal Representation From Our Clients' Perspective." Meg is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia and the New York State Defender's Association in Albany, New York.

In September 2000, Meg and several colleagues founded The Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. Begun with generous pilot grants from alumna Linda B. Stern, '61 and The Wallis Foundation, the Center trains students from the schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work to provide advocacy to cancer patients. In collaboration with colleagues from those departments, Meg teaches a Patient Advocacy course where students are joined in interdisciplinary teams that help cancer patients understand their diagnoses, get the information necessary to make critical treatment decisions, and support patient's efforts to get the treatment they need.

The Center also conducts research about issues relevant to patient care and health care delivery - from the patient's perspective. The Center is a national model of excellence in the education of health care and legal professionals.

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  • Health Law: Patient Advocacy
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