Nationally recognized attorney to speak at annual CSUB memorial lecture

Photo of Kenneth FeinbergThe CSU Bakersfield Kegley Institute of Ethics is pleased to announce that Kenneth Feinberg will give the 27th Annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm in the CSUB Doré Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 6pm. Following the talk, Feinberg will sign copies of his books, What is Life Worth? and Who Gets What?

Feinberg was Special Master for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, as well as many other high-profile cases. During his talk, “What is Life Worth,” he will recount the choices he had to make in determining which victims would receive compensation and for what amount. In the end, he was solely responsible for compensating more than 5,000 victims and families of the events of 9/11, to the tune of nearly $7 billion.

The nationally recognized attorney also served as Administrator of the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, created for the benefit of victims' families in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting and was Special Master for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). For that role he was dubbed the “pay czar,” since he determined the pay for the top 25 executives at the companies that took federal bailout money. In his most recent role, Feinberg served as the Administrator of the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon disaster victim compensation fund, created to compensate businesses and workers whose financial livelihood was damaged or threatened as a result of the BP oil spill disaster.

“There are few people who figure more prominently in the last 40 years of U.S. justice than Kenneth Feinberg," noted Christopher Meyers, Director of the CSUB Kegley Institute of Ethics. "He took on these terribly difficult cases – typically without compensation – and brought some measure of closure to victims and their families. His story will both inspire and move you, and we are very proud to have him give this year's Kegley Memorial Lecture."

The lecture is co-sponsored by San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. Additional support for this event is provided by Klein, DeNatale & Goldner and KVPR Valley Public Radio.

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