About the Faculty
Professor of Clinical Law and Director Peter H. Meyers has more than 35 years litigation experience, and has argued a number of precedent-setting cases in court, including oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in United States v. SCRAP, 412 U.S. 669 (1973), which established important standing principles, litigation to authorize marijuana for medical purposes, and litigation over improper telemarketing practices. Professor Meyers also has served as chair of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines Workgroup of the Department of Health and Human Services, and has been a designated reviewer for several publications issued by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine involving vaccine-related issues. See Professor Meyers’ full resume.
Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director Clifford J. Shoemaker has served as the Co-Director of the Vaccine Injury Clinic since 2007. Mr. Shoemaker graduated from Drake University in 1973 with a J.D. and an M.B.A. He was a member of the Drake Law Review. After graduation, Mr. Shoemaker entered the Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division, where his last assignment was director of the legal assistance program for the entire Marine Corps. Since leaving active duty in 1977, Mr. Shoemaker has been in private practice, primarily representing children and adults who have been injured by vaccines. During the Swine Flu Litigation in the late 1970s, Mr. Shoemaker served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in multi‐district litigation. He also successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that military members were entitled to bring claims against the government under the National Swine Flu Act. He was involved in the establishment of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in the late 1980s, and he has been involved in representing clients in that program ever since. See Clifford Shoemaker’s full resume.