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The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

March 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn more about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program!  Reception to follow in the Atrium, food and beverages will be served.  RSVP here.

This program will highlight distinctive aspects of litigation brought under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Due to recent events, vaccine litigation has received national attention. Whether Congress will expand redressable injuries under the Vaccine Act in light of that attention remains to be seen. Even so, vaccine litigation is a vital and emerging field of federal law. These cases are often complex, involving cutting-edge immunology and complicated legal issues. To date, total vaccine injury awards exceed $4 billion. Unique provisions of law sometimes permit legal counsel to recover fees and costs even where no compensation is awarded to the petitioner.

Congress established the Vaccine Program as a no-fault compensation program whereby individuals suffering injury as a result of the administration of certain vaccines can petition for compensation. Congress intended that the Vaccine Program provide individuals with a less adversarial alternative to the often costly and lengthy civil arena of traditional tort litigation. These claims are within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Office of Special Masters. This program is intended to qualify for 2 CLE Credits. Live streaming will be available to members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.


  • Hon. Elaine Kaplan (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims)
  • Brian Corcoran (Chief Special Master)
  • Ms. Heather Pearlman (Asst. Director, Torts Branch, U.S. Dept. of Justice)
  • Ms. Kristina Grigorian (Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand, M.D. (Associate Professor of Neurology, University of California San Francisco)


March 29, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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200 ARC
Alumni Reception Center, 200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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