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Kenneth Feinberg on Who Gets What: Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval

Kenneth Feinberg on Who Gets What: Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Kenneth Feinberg
 is a DC-based attorney who has been pivotal in resolving many of our nation's most challenging and widely known disputes.

A specialist in mediation and alternative resolution, he directed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He was appointed to this position just days after the attacks and spent three years meeting with families and calculating appropriate awards for each claim. He did this without pay. He wrote about his experiences in his book, What is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11.

Since then Mr. Feinberg has worked on victims’ compensation for the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech and the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, among others. He currently serves as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation (popularly called the "pay czar").

Mr. Feinberg is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, New York University School of Law, and the University of Virginia School of Law. 

His new book is called Who Gets What: Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval.

At Spertus, Mr. Feinberg spoke about the ethical challenges of his work and how he draws on his own Jewish background and experiences.

We were also very pleased that Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky joined us to introduce Mr. Feinberg. Congresswoman Schakowsky, a resident of Evanston, represents Illinois' 9th Congressional District, a position she has held since 1998. Prior to her election to Congress, Schakowsky represented the 18th District in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years.

Please note: Tzipi Livni's appearance at Spertus, originally scheduled for this date, was cancelled. (She cancelled outside speaking engagements when she re-entered Israeli politics.)

Spertus Prime

Kenneth Feinberg's appearance was
part of Spertus Prime, a series of dynamic, thought-provoking speakers known for their forward-thinking leadership.


Made possible with the support of the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation and other generous donors.