Edward Kraus

Clinical Professor of Law

Edward Kraus is a clinical professor of law at 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 staff attorney, Amy Kraus, and assisted by Chicago-Kent law student interns, he represents people from all over the country who have suffered vaccine injuries. These cases are brought under the Vaccine Act and litigated in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Mr. Kraus was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, where he served as a commissioner until January 2017. The commission consists of nine members who provide input to the secretary regarding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, he was an attorney at the law firm of Plotkin, Jacobs & Orlofksy Ltd., where he specialized in 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.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., University of Michigan


Law Offices of Chicago-Kent


Civil Rights and Discrimination;Clinical Education;Vaccine Injury