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Kenneth Feinberg Receives 2011 Fordham-Stein Prize

Kenneth Feinberg accepted the 2011 Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize at a dinner in New York on November 2, 2011. He is the 36th recipient of this national honor, bestowed by Fordham Law School’s Stein Center for Law and Ethics, which recognizes one individual each year whose work, according to the prize’s charter, “exemplifies outstanding standards of professional conduct, promotes the advancement of justice, and brings credit to the profession by emphasizing in the public mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our democratic system of government."

Feinberg is currently serving as the administrator of the $20 billion fund established by BP to compensate victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Before his service as administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, Feinberg oversaw the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which paid more than $7 billion to over 5,000 survivors and families.  One of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Feinberg has been court-appointed special settlement master, mediator and arbitrator in thousands of disputes, including cases involving Agent Orange and asbestos, as well as administrator of Virginia Tech's efforts to distribute $7 million in donations to the victims of the April 2007 campus shooting.

Named after prominent Fordham Law alumnus Louis Stein, Class of  ’26, the Stein Prize recognizes the positive contributions of the legal profession to American society.

"The Stein Center, which sponsors the prize, has become synonymous with the thoughtful discussion of law and ethics in the scholarly community and among members of the bar,” said Dean Martin. “We are forever grateful to the members of the Stein family for their commitment to upholding this important tradition.”

Feinberg joins a list of recipients that includes seven members of the U.S. Supreme Court, including Chief Justices William H. Rehnquist and Warren E. Burger, as well as three lawyers who have served as Secretary of State. Past recipients have included Robert B. Fiske, Jr., former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York; William T. Coleman, Jr., fourth U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Griffin Bell, 72nd U.S. Attorney General; and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Since its inception 36 years ago, the Fordham Stein Prize has become the honor roll of distinguished Americans whose dignified and dutiful careers in the law persuasively demonstrate the pervasive and positive contributions of the legal profession to American society.

Administered by Fordham University School of Law's Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, a leading resource for the discussion and study of ethical issues confronting the legal profession, the Fordham Stein Prize honors individuals whose work exemplifies outstanding standards of professional conduct, promotes the advancement of justice, and brings credit to the profession by emphasizing in the public mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our democratic system of government.

The Fordham Stein Prize is formally presented every autumn. For more information: fordhamsteinprize@law.fordham.edu