Ruqaiijah A. Yearby is the David L. Brennan Professor and Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. A nationally and internationally recognized scholar and presenter, Yearby’s scholarship focuses on two emerging fields of health law: 1) racial disparities in health care and 2) law, justice and medical research.
Due to her expertise in these areas, she recently presented her work on law, justice and medical research at the Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference in Oxford, England and has served as a book proposal reviewer for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, as well as a grant reviewer for the Wellcome Trust (the United Kingdom's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research). Her scholarship has also been used in law and social science classes at schools such as NYU, Fordham and University of California Berkeley.
During her time in legal academia, she has published numerous law review articles, three book chapters, one editorial (reprinted in USA Today Magazine), and submitted written legislative testimony. Her work has been cited in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics (2007), Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2012), Lawless Capitalism: The Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law (NYU Press 2014), The New Eugenics: Selective Breeding in an Era of Reproductive Technologies (Yale Univ Press 2017) and the United States Code Annotated.
While earning her BS in honors biology from the University of Michigan, Yearby wrote a thesis on plant biotechnology and served as a research assistant at the University of Natal in South Africa. In 2000, Yearby earned her MPH in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 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.