Special Master

Washington D.C.
Apr 03, 2017
May 08, 2017
Full Time

The United States Court of Federal Claims is seeking to fill one special master position in the court's Office of Special Masters. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C. 300aa -10 through 34 (2006)) vests jurisdiction in the United States Court of Federal Claims over vaccine injury and death cases. Special masters, who are appointed by the court's judges, serve four-year terms, subject to reappointment for additional four-year terms. The special masters function as the trial judges in these often, medically complex vaccine cases. They oversee all aspects of record development, conduct evidentiary hearings, and issue final decisions, subject to appeal, on entitlement to compensation, on damages, and on attorney's fees and costs. Alternative dispute resolution processes are frequently used to resolve issues, and demonstrated experience in that regard is beneficial.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel required for out of town hearings.

  • No

  • Serve four-year terms subject to reappointment.
  • Function as the trial judges in vaccine cases.
  • Oversee records, conduct evidentiary hearings, and issue final decisions.
  • To qualify for the position, an applicant:
    (1) Must be a US citizen and member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia for a minimum of five years.
    (2) Must have at least ten years of experience in the active practice of law or other legal experience which is suitable as a substitute in the opinion of the court, such as:
    a. Judge of a state court of record, judge of a federal agency board, administrative law judge, or hearing officer;
    b. Attorney for federal or state agency;
    c. Law clerk to judge or judicial officer; or
    d. Professor of law.
    (3) Must have demonstrated professional competence, including an ability to deal with complicated legal problems, an aptitude for legal scholarship and writing, and the high professional regard of other lawyers.
    (4) Must have demonstrated familiarity with the federal court system, such as, for example, recent litigation before the federal bench. Knowledge of the Rules of the Court of Federal Claims in general and of its "Vaccine Rules," in particular, is also desirable.
    (5) Must be willing to travel.
    (6) Medical-related knowledge and experience preferred.
    (7) As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must successfully complete an in-depth FBI background investigation and Internal Revenue Service tax check and is subject to 5-year update investigations similar to the initial one.

    All applications must be submitted on or before 05/05/2017.


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