Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture
Kenneth Feinberg: Weighing the value of a human life
Kenneth Feinberg, Barbara Perry
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
Kenneth Feinberg, one of the nation's foremost public service lawyers, delivers the 22nd annual Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture—“Unconventional responses to unique catastrophes: Tailoring the law to meet the challenges"—at the Miller Center and via online webinar.
He discusses his experiences as a U.S. attorney; chief of staff to Senator Edward M. Kennedy; specialist in mediation and alternative dispute resolution; special master of the U.S. government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and for TARP Executive Compensation; and administrator of funds to victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, Agent Orange, asbestos, DES, and Holocaust enslaved labor. He also served as the chair of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Board and arbitrated the fair market value of the Zapruder film that captured JFK's assassination.
The Abraham Distinguished Lecture honors renowned constitutional law scholar Henry J. Abraham (1921–2020), who was James Hart Professor of Government, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.
The annual Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture was established in 1999 by his students, colleagues, family, and friends to honor him. Abraham was the James Hart Professor of Government Emeritus, and was among the most renowned constitutional scholars in the field of political science. His life story of escaping the Nazis in 1937 at the age of 15, serving as a U.S. Army interpreter during WWII, and then devoting his life to the U.S. Constitution is as compelling as it is poignant. Previous lecturers have included Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, John Jeffries, Ted Olson, William Suter, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Nadine Strossen, Thomas Pickering, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Tinsley Yarbrough, and journalists Linda Greenhouse, Joan Biskupic, Jan Crawford, Marcia Coyle, and Evan Thomas.
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11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
2201 Old Ivy Rd