Friday, August 25, 2006
This week, the CrimProf Blog spotlights CrimProf Ruqaiijah A. Yearby of Loyola University School of Law
While earning her Bachelor of Science in Honors Biology, Professor Yearby wrote a thesis on plant biotechnology and served as a research assistant at the University of Natal in South Africa. As a research assistant, she researched the effect of lead pollution from the use of leaded gasoline on school age children, drafted a questionnaire that tested the cognitive ability of children exposed to lead pollution, and presented her findings to a research committee at the University of Michigan.
She then studied Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins and wrote a thesis on "Barriers to Access: Low Income African- American HIV/AIDS Medicaid Patients." Professor Yearby earned her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and her law degree from Georgetown, where she was on the Dean's List, in the same year. After graduating from law school, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Chicago as an Assistant Regional Counsel, prosecuting nursing homes.
She later practiced health law in the Chicago office of the law firm Duane Morris LLC. She interrupted private practice to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable Ann Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where she worked on issues involving criminal law and intellectual property, returning to the law firm at the end of her clerkship. Professor Yearby joined Loyola in July 2003 and has a joint appointment with Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. [Mark Godsey]