3L Spotlight: Lana Smith

Lana Smith
Lana M. Smith graduated from DePaul University College of Law in May 2016 with a Juris Doctorate and a Health Law Certificate. Smith shared with the E-Pulse her favorite moments as a DePaul law student, advice for younger students, and where she hopes her law career will take her.

Lana, a Michigan native, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Comparative Cultures with a minor in Italian.  From an early age, as the daughter of a nurse, Smith was exposed to the medical field and wanted to participate in it in some capacity.  However, due to her squeamish nature she decided that her best course would be to enter the field as a lawyer.

At DePaul Law, Lana was an integral member on the Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI) Student Board, a staff writer for the JHLI E-Pulse, as well as a member of several moot court teams.  On the JHLI Student Board, Lana’s role as Co-Director of Outreach and Recruitment oversaw a massive increase in JHLI fellowship over the past two years.  As a student, Smith’s favorite class was Bioethics with Professor Steven Resnicoff.  She particularly enjoyed this class because it provided a completely different approach from previous classes that she was used to.  Professor Resnicoff based his class around looking at every possible side of an issue and how it affected all of the different parties.  As for the most practical class that Lana had taken during her law school tenure, she mentioned that Administrative Law is the most important class for someone interested in health law.  She said that, “in health care, everything is an agency so in order to best serve your client, you need to know how those agencies work.”

Outside of the classroom, Lana has participated in a spectrum of health law related jobs.  She first began as a clerk at the Department of Health and Family Services.  There, Smith was assigned to hearing officers and administrative law judges.  This experience taught her how to make tough decisions but also, allowed her to use her legal knowledge to help people.  Smith then went on to work as a clerk for the Office of the General Counsel at Rush Medical Center.  She found this particularly interesting as she able to participate in projects based around having to handle procedures for the Ebola outbreak.  Currently, Lana works at Patient Point Enterprise, LLC.  At Patient Point, she works in IP and Contracts but more importantly, is able to work in her true passion of transactional regulatory and compliance work.

The most exciting part of Lana’s law school career was placing 2nd at the Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  Demonstrating expertise in the field of which she is most passionate about was a very gratifying moment for Lana.  According to her, this moment in her law school career was analogous to, “when Hermione Granger passed all of her OWLs in Harry Potter.  All of my hard work paid off and I proved to myself as well as my colleagues that I am one of the best at what I do.”

Lana, a staple in the DePaul College of Law mentoring program, advises future generations of JHLI students to thirst for knowledge and to never fear failure.  In her words, “Students should always give 110% at every project no matter what.  No matter what your biggest mistake at work is, it is important to remember that everyone makes them and you will be fine.”

After graduation, Lana, like all her fellow law school graduates, will be preparing to take the Illinois Bar exam. Beyond these next few months of studying, she hopes to work in health care regulation and compliance in the Chicago area. Congratulations Lana!​