Posted: September 20th, 2017 | By: Lisa Snedeker
The Wake Forest School of Law Business Law Program (BLP) and Business Law Society will present Kenneth R. Feinberg on Thursday, Sept. 28, as part of the distinguished Sager Speaker Series. The event, which is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312, is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served but an RSVP is required.
Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation’s most challenging and widely known disputes. He is best known for serving as administrator of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, in which he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Feinberg shared his extraordinary experience in his book, “What Is Life Worth?,” published in 2005 by Public Affairs Press, and in his follow-up book “Who Gets What,” published by Public Affairs Press in 2012.
In addition to helping 9/11 victims and their families, Feinberg and his law firm have overseen programs to compensate victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, the Volkswagon scandal and the payouts tied to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill between 2010 and 2012. More than 30 years ago, he set up the compensation program for American soldiers injured by Agent Orange, the noxious Vietnam War-era defoliant, according to the New York Times.
Feinberg has been appointed to two presidential-level commissions because of his experience and expertise, and has had a distinguished teaching career as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University Law School, New York University Law School, and the University of Virginia Law School.
The Business Law Program, founded by Professor Omari Simmons, is a student-centered program designed to expand student opportunities that strengthen knowledge of business law concepts as well as develop skills to assist professional development and readiness for practice. The program targets four core areas: academic enrichment, professional development & ethics, experiential learning, and joint degrees. The program engages students, faculty, alumni, practitioners, and the broader community in an important dialogue on emerging business law issues.