Guide to writing your paper

Single spaced, with a blank line between paragraphs. About 7,500 words, including footnotes. 12 point type, Times New Roman or similar readable font. This is about 15-16 pages. You can take more words if you need them, but do not be much shorter.

The form is a bar journal article or a memo, as opposed to a law review. The two key differences from a law review are that you should use footnotes for citations, not more text for the article; and I want you to edit for clarity and concise writing. Law reviews tend to long and turgid as the authors try to spread their idea over as many pages as possible, with as many tangential footnotes as possible. We are shooting for something clear and concise that someone might enjoy reading.

You should start with a clear statement of the problem you are addressing in the paper. You should have a short table of contents for your paper that corresponds to the headings in your paper, which means that you should use headings to make it easy to navigate the paper. Use footnotes and Bluebook for legal citations, otherwise, make sure the citations are adequate to find your reference materials. Include jump pages as necessary and hyperlinks to online materials.

Readings

Carryover the materials from last class. Additional materials will be posted.

PREP Act Materials

CRS Report – The PREP Act and COVID-19: Limiting Liability for Medical Countermeasures

This is a good, concise review. Read this and be prepared to discuss the implications of PREP Act immunity and the public expectations if there are vaccine injuries.

PREP Act WWW site

ADVISORY OPINION ON THE PUBLIC READINESS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ACT AND THE MARCH 10, 2020 DECLARATION UNDER THE ACT APRIL 17, 2020, AS MODIFIED ON MAY 19, 2020.

HHS Legal memo on the PREP Act.