Chris Morten returned to NYU Law in Fall 2019 as the clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Technology Law and Policy Clinic and a Fellow at the Engelberg Center. His clinical work and research focus on access to knowledge, with particular focus on access to medicines and health justice more broadly.
Chris’s current clinical and research projects include
litigation under the Administrative Procedure Act concerning access to information on clinical trials of prescription drugs and medical devices via the ClinicalTrial.gov website;
representation of an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in its efforts to expand access to HIV prevention therapy;
litigation under the Freedom of Information Act that seeks clinical trial data and addresses the proper scope of information that may be withheld by federal agencies as trade secrets and “confidential commercial information”;
academic research on the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to proactively disclose information important to public health and safety; and
academic research on the nature of patent rights.
Before joining the Engelberg Center, Chris worked at Yale Law School, where he was Staff Attorney and Research Scholar in Law at the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency and Supervising Attorney and Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School’s Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic. Chris remains a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project and a Fellow of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School. Prior to coming to Yale, Chris worked as a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter L.L.P. and as a patent agent at Baker Botts L.L.P. He clerked for the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 2015 to 2016. Chris received his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from New York University in 2015, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and a B.A. in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 2005.
Further information and scholarly work can be found at chrismorten.com.