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CRIT Litigation & Policy Associate

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is hiring a litigation and policy associate to start July 1, 2018. The associate will handle litigation and develop policy proposals as a key member of the CRIT team, and will also supervise students in the Media Freedom & Information Access (MFIA) Clinic at Yale Law School working on litigation being pursued on behalf of CRIT. At least two years of previous legal experience is required; some knowledge of FDA drug approval policies and practices, clinical testing design, administrative procedure law, FOIA, and/or First Amendment is preferred.

About CRIT

CRIT is an inter-disciplinary program of the schools of law, medicine and public health at Yale University. We are a collaboration of legal, medical and public health experts dedicated to promoting health by improving the integrity and transparency of biomedical and clinical research. We litigate court cases, conduct original research, influence policymakers, and collaborate with colleagues both nationally and internationally on key issues affecting the health of people worldwide. We are focused on two key areas in ensuring the transparency of clinical research and development on the drugs and medical devices that millions of Americans depend on a daily basis: enhancing government enforcement, and overcoming industry resistance. 

The Litigation & Policy Associate

The new CRIT associate will be involved in cutting-edge work developing legal theories and strategies aimed at promoting the transparency and quality of clinical trials involving drugs, biologics and medical devices. Working under the supervision of the CRIT faculty, including primarily Professor Amy Kapczynski of Yale Law School and MFIA director David Schulz, the associate will help to devise policy proposals and implement strategies aimed at achieving a significant systematic impact on the access to and quality of clinical trial data. These strategies may include litigating FOIA cases to compel access to clinical trial information, initiating administrative and judicial proceedings to enforce clinical trial reporting requirements, formulating policy proposals for regulatory change, petitioning for FDA regulatory reforms, and coordinating with private and government attorneys. Activities may also include drafting amicus briefs in cases of importance to CRIT, such as First Amendment challenges to the FDA’s regulatory authority. 

To implement these strategies, the CRIT associate will work closely with the existing team of CRIT fellows and fellows in the MFIA Clinic and will have the assistance of Yale law students in the MFIA Clinic. Acting as a supervising attorney in the MFIA Clinic, the CRIT associate will play a significant role in training a new generation of lawyers to be both excellent advocates and future leaders in this area of the law. The associate will supervise students on all active clinic cases undertaken in support of CRIT’s mission and teach a substantive and skill-based session each semester. 

The CRIT associate will also be invited to participate in the scholarly activities of MFIA, and its parent organization, the Information Society Project (ISP), directed by Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Jack Balkin. ISP activities include regular academic lunches, workshops, conferences, and talks. 

The appointment is for one year, with possible renewal, contingent on satisfactory performance and grant funding. 

Application Instructions

Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May 15, 2018. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. Salary dependent on experience.

Applications should include:

  • A one to five page statement describing the applicant’s interest in this position, relevant practice experience, and career goals;
  • A copy of the applicant’s resume;
  • A law school transcript; and
  • At least one sample of recent legal writing, preferably a brief or memorandum.

 Application materials should be sent (in electronic form) to Margaret E. McCarthy at margaret.e.mccarthy@yale.edu.

For further information, please feel free to contact CRIT co-director Amy Kapczynki at amy.kapczynski@yale.edu or MFIA Clinic Co-Director David Schulz at david.schulz@yale.edu. 

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