Law School Hosts National Vaccine Court Forum

To address legal battles over vaccines and whether they lead to autism or other early childhood developmental disorders, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims set up the Office of Special Masters in 1986, informally known as the National Vaccine Court. The Chief Special Master of the court, Gary Golkiewicz, will join a panel of health law faculty from the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital to discuss the role of the national vaccine court Tuesday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 117.

Vaccines, Injuries, and Compensation: The Role of the National Vaccine Court includes the following panelists:

  • Jeff Sconyers, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Ed Marcuse, Associate Medical Director, Quality Improvement and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Patricia Kuszler, Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Science and Global Health
  • Sallie Sanford, Acting Assistant Professor of Law
  • Steve Calandrillo, Associate Dean and Charles I. Stone Professor of Law

Golkiewicz was appointed Chief Special Master since 1988. He has served as Chief of Staff to Chief Judge Loren A. Smith and as senior attorney with the Court of Federal Claims.

The Vaccine Court litigates vaccine injury claims and was established by the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, passed by Congress in response to a threat to the vaccine supply due to a 1980s scare over the DPT vaccine The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set up the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 1988 to compensate individuals and families of individuals injured by covered childhood vaccines. More than 5,000 families have filed claims with the VCIP.