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Viewing: LAW 6626 : Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic

Last approved: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:03:43 GMT

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Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic
Vaccine Injury Litigation Clin
Fall 2017
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This clinic allows second- and third-year students, under faculty supervision, to represent individuals who may have suffered serious vaccine-related injuries and who are seeking damages in trial and appellate proceedings before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. A weekly two-hour seminar focuses on multidisciplinary (medical/legal) training in vaccine injury issues, and on lawyering skills such as client interviewing and counseling and cross examination of medical experts. Students also evaluate the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program as a model for tort reform. Students must register for this clinic for both the fall and spring semesters. Students may enroll concurrently in this course and Law 6668 only with permission of both instructors. (Skills)
A student who completes this course should have knowledge and understanding of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He or she should have an understanding of interviewing and ongoing dealings with clients; collecting and assessing medical records; working with medical consultants and experts; drafting pleadings; proving medical causation; evaluating damages; negotiating settlements; working with special masters and opposing counsel (DOJ attorneys); working with peers and supervisors; preparing for hearings; direct and cross examination techniques; keeping track of time and expenses; preparing and defending applications for fees and costs; preparing appeals, including motions for review by judges of the Claims Court and briefs before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; ethical issues that attorneys may face working in this program; and significant Supreme Court decisions involving Vaccine Court cases
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