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Edward Kraus

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Edward Kraus is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Kraus joined the faculty at Chicago-Kent in 1999 where he has taught Health and Disability law classes and represented individuals in a variety of matters involving health and disability issues. He currently directs the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic where, along with his associate, Amy Kraus, and assisted by student interns, he represents people who have suffered vaccine injuries. Mr. Kraus served on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines from September 2011 to January 2017. The Commission consists of nine members, who provide input to the Secretary regarding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). Mr. Kraus is a member of the American Association for Justice.

Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, he was an attorney at the law firm of Plokin, Jacobs & Orlofksy Ltd., where he focused on complex civil litigation and consumer class actions. From 1996 to 1997, Professor Kraus was the policy director for the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs, where he directed advocacy and policy efforts addressing social and economic justice issues in Chicago. From 1993 to 1996, he was a staff attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin, where he represented low-income clients in a variety of civil matters, including public benefits, special education, and Medicaid. Professor Kraus received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. (cum laude) from Georgetown University Law Center.

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., J.D. (Cum Laude), 1993
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A. English, 1988

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Volunteer and Community Activities:

  • Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Department of Health & Human Services, Member (Appointed by Sec. of HHS, 2011 - 2016)
  • Member of the Vaccine Committee of the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2015 - Present)
  • Health & Disability Advocates, Board Member (2000 - 2013), Board President (2003 - 2005)
  • American Diabetes Association, Community Leadership Board (2010 - 2014)

Speeches and Presentations:

  • May 2016, Panelist at the Unites States Court of Federal Claims Bar Conference on the topic of "Current Practice and Trends in Settlement and ADR in the Vaccine Program.
  • September 2015, Presentation on the "Proposed Changes to the Vaccine Injury Table" at the Vaccine Injured Petitioner's Bar Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • November 2011, "Advocating for the Rights of Students with Diabetes," Webinar sponsored by the National Disability Rights Network (training for attorneys).
  • October 2010, "Assessment of Health Care Reform Act," panelist, sponsored by IIT-Chicago-Kent Health Law Society panelist, Chicago, Illinois.
  • March 2010, Testimony to Senate Public Health Committee in support of the Care of Students with Diabetes Act, Springfield, Illinois.
  • November 2009, "Fighting for Fairness: Ending Discrimination against Students and Workers with Diabetes" American Diabetes Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • June 2009, "Section 504 Eligibility Process: New Strategies, Information and Tools for School Advocates" American Diabetes Association Webinar.
  • April 2008, "Disability, Diabetes and the Law," Speaker at Law School Symposium "Diabetes: Solutions for the 21st Century: Research Economics, Policy and Ethics."
  • 2008-2010, Periodic Community Outreach Presentations with the American Diabetes Association concerning the legal rights of students with disabilities.
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