The Law-Medicine Center
The Law-Medicine Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Health Law Faculty

Maxwell J. Mehlman

Director, The Law-Medicine Center; Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law; Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine
B.A. (Reed College), B.A. (Oxford University), J.D. (Yale)
In between college and law school Maxwell Mehlman was a Rhodes Scholar; after law school he practiced with the Washington firm of Arnold & Porter before joining our faculty in 1984. In 1986 he was named the director of the Law-Medicine Center. Professor Mehlman has been the principal investigator on several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, most recently, a study of ethical, legal, and social implications in comparative effectiveness research on personalized genomic medicine, and a study on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the use of genetic science by the military.

Sharona Hoffman
Co-Director, The Law-Medicine Center; Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of Bioethics
B.A. (Wellesley), J.D. (Harvard), LL.M. (University of Houston)
Sharona Hoffman joined the faculty in 1999 and teaches Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, and several health law seminars. Prior to obtaining her LL.M. in health law, Prof. Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman (Western District of Michigan). In 2007 Professor Hoffman was a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Law Program in Atlanta.
She was also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response for a four year term (2008-2012). Her most recent scholarship focuses on health information technology and biomedical research.

Jessica Wilen Berg
Associate Director, The Law-Medicine Center; Professor of Law and Bioethics

B.A., J.D. (Cornell), MPH (Case Western Reserve)
Jessica Berg joined the faculty in 1999 after serving as the Director of Academic Affairs of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and Section Director for Professionalism for the American Medical Association Institute for Ethics. Before that, she was a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Fellow at both the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia Medical School. Prof. Berg’s research and scholarship span a variety of areas including: public health, informed consent, reproduction, research with human subjects, end-of-life issues, confidentiality, and e-medicine.

Ruqaiijah A. Yearby
Associate Director of the Law-Medicine Center, Professor of Law
In 2000, Ruqaiijah A. Yearby earned her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was on the Dean's List. While at Georgetown, she contributed to The State of Health Privacy: An Uneven Terrain (607 PRACTISING L. INST. 621), which was cited in the Preamble of the final privacy regulations for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. After law school, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an Assistant Regional Counsel and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Earlier, Professor Yearby was a Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo Law School and the School of Public Health and Health Professionals, and an Assistant Professor at Loyola Chicago School of Law and Stritch School of Medicine. At Buffalo, she also served as the Director of the J.D./M.P.H. program, Director of the J.D./Pharm.D. program, and Co-Director of the Health Law Concentration.  A nationally and internationally recognized scholar, Professor Yearby’s scholarship focuses on two emerging fields of health law: 1) law, justice and medical research and 2) racial disparities in elder care. She has been published, and her work has been cited, in leading health law journals, mainstream law reviews, and books. 

Paul C. Giannelli
Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law, Distinguished University Professor
B.A. (Providence College), M.S.F.S. (George Washington), J.D., LL.M. (Virginia)
Recognized by the New York Times as an “expert on scientific evidence,” Paul Giannelli has lectured throughout the country and his work has been cited in hundreds of court opinions and legal articles, including five decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Some of his articles have appeared in the Columbia, Virginia, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Fordham, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Hastings law reviews, as well as in the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, the Criminal Law Bulletin, and the American Criminal Law Review. In addition, he has published in interdisciplinary journals, such as the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Issues in Science and Technology (National Academies), International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, the New Biologist, and the Journal of Forensic Sciences. He is coauthor of ten books. Prof. Giannelli served as Reporter for the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Standards on DNA Evidence and co-chair of the ABA Ad Hoc Committee on Innocence.

Ayesha Bell Harris
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
B.A. 1997 (College of Wooster), J.D. 2004(Case Western Reserve)
Ayesha Bell Harris teaches the Health Law Clinic with Professor McNally. Professor Bell Harris joined the School of Law in 2012. Prior to that, she was Counsel in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis. A member of the Trial Department for six years, Professor Bell Harris focused on mass tort and products liability litigation. Her practice included first chair trial defense work on behalf of some of the nation’s leading electrical and pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition, she assisted in the defense of medical malpractice litigation through the preparation of experts, taking and defending depositions, and researching medical issues. Prior to joining Tucker Ellis, she was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in the General Felony Unit. She is admitted to the Bar in Ohio and the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

Jessie Hill
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research 
B.A. 1992 (Brown University), J.D. 1999 (Harvard Law School)
Jessie Hill joined the faculty in 2003 after practicing with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan (Cleveland). Before entering private practice, she worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state law restrictions on reproductive rights. She also served as law clerk to Hon. Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prof. Hill’s teaching focuses on civil procedure, law and religion, and reproductive rights, and her scholarship centers primarily on constitutional rights relating to religious freedom and substantive due process. She is actively involved in speaking and litigating in the area of reproductive rights.

Laura McNally
Professor of Law
B.A. 1996 (William Smith), J.D. 1999 (Syracuse)
Laura McNally, who joined the faculty in 2005, teaches a mediation training course, the Access to Justice Externship with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the Health Law Clinic. A former staff attorney with the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, She was also a fellow and then Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education at the University of Alabama where she taught the Children’s Rights Clinic and the Disability Litigation Clinic. Prof. McNally spent the 2004-2005 academic year as a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University.

Dale A. Nance
John Homer Kapp Professor of Law
B.A. 1974 (Rice), J.D. 1977( Stanford), M.A. 1981 (Cal., Berkeley)
An internationally recognized evidence scholar, Dale Nance also teaches and writes about general legal theory. Among his advanced evidence courses, he teaches “Expert Testimony in Civil Cases,” which addresses the use of medical and other scientific experts in general civil litigation and in medical malpractice litigation. Before joining our faculty in 2002, he taught law at Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent College of Law), Northern Illinois University, the University of Colorado, the University of San Diego, and Cornell University. He is the author of Law and Justice: Cases and Readings on the American Legal System (1994, Faculty 1999) and the coauthor (with Maxwell Mehlman) of Medical Injustice: The Case against Health Courts (2007).


Pretrial Practice (Medical Malpractice)
B.A. (Missouri Southern State University) J.D. (Case Western Reserve)
Of Counsel, Greene & Eisen

Health Care Organization & Finance
B.A. (Notre Dame), J.D. (Cleveland-Marshall)
Summa Health System

Civil Law and Psychiatry, Criminal Law and Psychiatry
B.A., M.A. (Catholic), J.D. (Pennsylvania)
Hickman & Lowder

Civil Law and Psychiatry, Criminal Law and Psychiatry
B.A., MD (Case Western Reserve)
Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University
Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

The Center sponsors frequent lunch-time lectures.