JTS Presents “What Is Life Worth? Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges of Unique Catastrophes,” a Lecture by Former 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Kenneth R. Feinberg

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September 17, 2013, New York, NY

9/11. The BP oil spill. The Boston Marathon bombing. The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) explores how the law responds to unique catastrophes, the problems that can arise as the result of victim compensation programs, and ethical considerations surrounding the issue of "Who gets what?" at a public lecture featuring Kenneth R. Feinberg, former special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. A Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics, the program will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at JTS, 3080 Broadway at 122nd Street, in New York City. Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS, will moderate. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/life. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for check-in, and have photo ID available.

Attorneys, please note: This program has been approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) credit hour in ethics and professionalism. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. New Jersey attorneys will receive credit for this program through reciprocity.

Attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, one-time chief of staff to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, adjunct professor of law at Harvard Law School and Columbia University School of Law, and founder and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP, is one of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has been appointed to administer numerous high-profile compensation programs, having served as special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the Agent Orange Victim Compensation Program. Mr. Feinberg was appointed by President Barack Obama as administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to compensate victims of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (the largest environmental disaster in United States history), and served as administrator of the Aurora Victim Relief Fund and the Hokey Spirit Memorial Fund in response to the shootings in Aurora, Colorado (2012) and at Virginia Tech (2007). Currently, he is serving as administrator of the One Fund Boston victim relief fund, established to benefit the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks.

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS [Public Events: (212) 280-6093] in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association, and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.