This is the featured plenary presentation from the IAM/ACCTM Conference in New Orleans, May 2004. Mr. Feinberg is the Special Master chosen by Attorney General John Ashcroft to administer the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. This Fund offers victims of the attacks and their surviving family members an alternative to litigation. In this role, Mr. Feinberg is is responsible for administering the fund, managing all claims brought by the victims and their families, and disseminating all public information concerning the fund.
To view or listen to Mr. Feinberg’s address online, find the appropriate link below.
Mr. Feinberg’s lecture focuses on his experiences as Special Master of the Victim’s Compensation Fund. He explains his duties within the claims process and shared stories about his interaction with relatives and friends of victims of the attack and with survivors who were injured. Mr. Feinberg discussed the practical and emotional difficulties of running this “deceptively simple, but hideously complex” program and addressed issues such as:
In addition, Mr. Feinberg explored several legal issues that arose from the way in which the fund was developed and executed. Mr. Feinberg explained how the statute enacted to establish the September 11 fund gave him authority to administer the fund, but gave little guidance as to who would be eligible as beneficiaries. Feinberg addressed his use of mediation and the state law from a victim’s domicile to help him decide which relatives and friends could collect from the fund.
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