Carleen “Carly” Zubrzycki teaches torts and courses related to health law. Her research focuses on the healthcare system, drawing on themes from torts, administrative law, democratic theory, and behavioral economics. Her scholarship is informed by her background in bioethics and years of healthcare-related litigation experience at the Department of Justice. Among other things, her work explores the rules governing medical information, which she views as a lens into broader dynamics in the healthcare system. She is also interested in the role that litigation plays in promoting corporate accountability to local communities.
Zubrzycki is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College. She clerked for Judge Kim Wardlaw of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She worked in private practice at WilmerHale, where her work focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation, including tort litigation arising out of the September 11 attacks. She then served on the Civil Appellate staff of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2015 to 2019, in which role she served as lead counsel for the United States on dozens of matters and presented nine oral arguments to federal courts of appeals on a wide array of issues, ranging from constitutional challenges to Medicare dispute.
While at the Department of Justice, Zubrzycki won division-wide awards for her pro bono advocacy for a domestic violence survivor and for her work on the Risk Corridors Affordable Care Act litigation. Immediately before joining the UConn faculty, Carly spent two years as a Climenko Fellow teaching at Harvard Law School.