Detroit Mercy Law student awarded scholarship from State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section

August 19, 2021

Rita Soka ’22 received a scholarship from the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section (HCLS). Each year, the HCLS awards one student from Detroit Mercy Law a scholarship recognizing their achievements in health care law.  

“My long-standing interest in health care is why I pursued an undergraduate degree in health science,” explained Soka. “Health care law extends this interest and allows me to exercise my intellectual reasoning and analytical skills.” 

Soka worked for ten years as a clinical lab scientist in the largest hospitals in Metro Detroit. A native of Baghdad, Iraq, she learned the English language in college while raising her three children. 

At Detroit Mercy Law, Soka is involved with the Women’s Law Caucus and the Moot Court Board of Advocates. She is a Dean’s Fellow and this fall will be a research assistant for a professor. 

Soka worked as an associate law clerk at Secrest Wardle, a civil defense firm, this past summer. “At Secrest Wardle, I am dedicated to strengthening my litigation and advocacy skills to help solve my future clients’ issues, including assisting physicians in medical malpractice suits.”