The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday issued a precedential and unanimous opinion in a case argued for the appellant by Professor Greg Dolin and 3L Meghan Ellis Brennan.
The opinion in Stacy Lewis v. Nancy Berryhill, Acting Administrator, Social Security Administration (No. 15-2473), was a victory for Lewis, a pro-bono client of Dolin and Brennan, who argued the case in January.
Lewis appealed a decision by the U.S. District Court in Baltimore that upheld the Social Security Administration’s denial of disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income to her.
The Fourth Circuit panel vacated the judgment of the District Court, saying an administrative law judge who reviewed Lewis’s appeal of a Social Security Administration decision did not give appropriate weight to the opinions of Lewis’s physicians and failed to adequately explain his decision to deny Lewis benefits.
“It’s a great day for our client and for the Center for Medicine and Law,” said Dolin, who is co-director of the center.
The case has been remanded to the Social Security Administration for further proceedings consistent with the Fourth Circuit’s decision. Dolin said he hoped the tenor of the opinion would cause the Social Security Administration finally to grant benefits to Lewis.