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ONU Law Review Symposium

Ohio Northern University Law Review

41st Annual Law Review Symposium

"Health Law: Past, Present, and Future"
Sponsored by the Ohio Northern Law Review

March 16, 2018 

Large Moot Courtroom (Room 129)



(3.75 professional conduct CLE hours pending with the Supreme Court of Ohio)

Individual Attorney:               $85
ONU Law Alumni:                  $65
Lehr Society, Law Alumni:    $40
Other Attendee:                    $25



8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m.

Dr. David Orentlicher

Healthcare Reform

10:00 a.m.

Prof. Elizabeth McCuskey

Repeal or Repair from Within: Activating the ACA’s Big Waiver

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Dean Ruqaiijah Yearby

Separate and Unequal: Health Care in the Past, Present, and Future

11:45 a.m.


1:00 p.m.  

Prof. Jessica Mantel

Why Efforts to Lower Health Care Costs Put Patients and Physicians on a Collision Course

1:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks


Symposium Speaker Bios

Dr. David Orentlicher

David Orentlicher is the Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law and co-director of the UNLV Health Law Program at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. Nationally recognized for his expertise in health law and constitutional law, Dr. O has testified before Congress, had his scholarship cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served on many national, state, and local commissions.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School, Dr. O is author of Matters of Life and Death and co-author of Health Care Law and Ethics, now in its 8th edition. He has published numerous articles and essays on a wide range of topics, including health care reform, physician aid in dying, reproductive decisions, affirmative action, and presidential power. Dr. O’s work has appeared in leading professional journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), as well as in the New York TimesTimeUSA TodayCNN Opinion, the Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers.

Dr. O came to UNLV Law from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana University School of Medicine. He also has taught as an adjunct or visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University School of Medicine, and Princeton University. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a former president of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

In addition to his academic experience, Dr. O brings important hands-on experience. He previously directed the American Medical Association's Division of Medical Ethics, where he drafted the AMA’s first patient’s bill of rights and many other guidelines relied upon by courts and government agencies, and he has practiced both law and medicine.

Between 2002 and 2008, Dr. O served in the Indiana House of Representatives, where he authored legislation to promote job creation, protect children from abuse and neglect, and make health care coverage more affordable. His most recent book, Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive, draws on his experience with partisan conflict as an elected official and his expertise in constitutional law to discuss reforms that would address the country’s high levels of political polarization.

Professor Elizabeth Y. McCuskey

Elizabeth Y. McCuskey is a tenured Associate Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law, where she directs the Health Law Program and the University’s JD/MD and JD/MPH joint-degree programs.   Professor McCuskey’s research focuses on health law's federalism dimensions and courts' roles in implementing policy.  She was named a 2016 Health Law Scholar by the American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics and her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Ohio State Law Journal, Temple Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Nevada Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc.    

Professor McCuskey teaches courses in Health Law, Food & Drug Law, Health Care Finance, and Civil Procedure.  In 2016, she was a Visiting Professor at St. Louis University’s Center for Health Law Studies.  Professor McCuskey earned her bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was an Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor.  She practiced law in Philadelphia with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Philadelphia Legal Assistance, as well as working for Chief Judge David Faber on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.  

Dean Ruqaiijah A. Yearby

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, Professor 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 Bachelors of Science in Honors Biology from the University of Michigan, Professor Yearby wrote a thesis on plant biotechnology and served as a Research Assistant at the University of Natal in South Africa.  In 2000, Professor Yearby earned her Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was on the Dean's List.  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.

Professor Jessica Mantel

Professor Mantel is an associate professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where she is the co-director of the Health Law and Policy Institute.  Her research focuses on how payment reforms impact organization-based models of health care delivery and the physician-patient relationship.  Her recent research explores how law, policy, and rules of professional conduct influence providers’ treatment of low-income patients and emerging efforts to address the social determinants of health. Her publications have appeared in the UCLA, Cardoza, Georgia State, and Pepperdine law reviews, among other publications.  Before joining the University of Houston law faculty, she was a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she advised the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on a range of Medicare matters.  She previously worked as a health analyst at the Government Accountability Office, and was a member of Ropes & Gray’s health law department.  Professor Mantel received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. and M.P.P from the University of Michigan.

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Ohio Northern University Law Review

The Pettit College of Law
525 South Main Street
Ada OH 45810
PH 419-772-2248
FAX 419-772-2714

Material on this page reflects the opinions, interests, and activities of the maintainer and does not implicitly or explicitly represent the official positions and policies of Ohio Northern University.