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

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Fall 2014 Reading Group
Meets: W 1:00pm - 3:00pm in WCC Room 4063
1 classroom credit

Drop Deadline: October 23, 2014 by 11:59pm EST

The Reading Group will focus on unique public policy compensation alternatives to the conventional tort system. Special emphasis will be placed on a review of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund; The BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Fund; and the current GM Ignition Switch Compensation Fund. The Reading Group will also focus on other compensation alternatives e.g., The Boston Marathon Bombing Fund, The Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund and the Aurora Colorado “Dark Knight” Shootings. The Reading Group will be directed by Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Administrator of all of these compensation programs.

The Reading Group will focus on Administrator Feinberg’s discussion of these various compensation programs found in, “Who Gets What: Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval.” (Public Affairs Press, 2012).

Note: The reading group will meet on the following dates: 10/1, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19.

Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory .