Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture

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Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges

The lecture will explain when and how the special compensation programs are established and some of the unique political and philosophical problems that are created by providing special compensation, but only to certain victims.

Guest Lecturer

Kenneth R. FeinbergKenneth R. Feinberg, ESQ.

The Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture in Dispute Resolution will be given by Kenneth R. Feinberg, ESQ. and focus on the speaker’s previous work designing and administering special compensation programs. This includes the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Fund and the Boston Marathon Bombing Fund created by policymakers to compensate victims of unique tragedies.

Kenneth R. Feinberg is one of the nation’s leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has administered numerous high-profile compensation programs, having served as Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, TARP Executive Compensation and the Agent Orange Victim Compensation Program. Mr. 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 several of the nation’s top law schools.

Light refreshments will be provided. Kindly RSVP by Friday, Feb. 23.

Feinberg currently serves as Special Master of the U.S. Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Fund being administered by the Department of Justice, as well as Fund Administrator for the New York Archdiocese Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

About the lecture

This lecture series is the result of a gift to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University from retired Judge Bruce E. Meyerson and his wife Mary Ellen Simonson, a graduate of ASU Law. The purpose of the lecture series is to bring to ASU Law leading practitioners and scholars in the field of dispute resolution.

Judge Meyerson moved to Arizona with his family in 1958 and, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, he graduated law school from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was an Editor of the Law Journal. Upon his return to Arizona, he represented the United Farm Workers of America, then led by Cesar Chavez. In 1974, with the help of many local attorneys, he founded and became the first Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, which continues its successful public interest work today. For his distinguished and landmark work there, Judge Meyerson was honored by the Arizona Consumers Council, the Arizona Civil Liberties Union, the Arizona Community Action Association, and the journalism society, Sigma Delta Chi.

In 1982 Judge Meyerson became the youngest appointee to the Arizona Court of Appeals, where he served with distinction for almost five years. During his tenure he wrote numerous decisions that remain good law today, including an important decision establishing the procedure for the determination of attorney’s fee awards in contract cases. After leaving the bench, Judge Meyerson became the General Counsel of Arizona State University and later joined two prestigious Phoenix law firms, before focusing his practice on dispute resolution.

Judge Meyerson is a nationally acclaimed practitioner and instructor in the field of dispute resolution. He has resolved nearly 3000 mediations over his career and has been the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Chair of the Arizona Bar’s Section of Dispute Resolution. He also has served as an arbitrator in over 250 cases. For over 20 years, Judge Meyerson has served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law, teaching courses in arbitration and mediation.

Judge Meyerson’s wife, Mary Ellen Simonson, is a partner in the Phoenix law firm, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. They have two children, Julia and Meghan, and son-in-law Peter Keane, and a grandchild, Greer.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society, room 544
111 E. Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004