2014 Georgetown Law Commencement Ceremony

May 1, 2014 —

Kenneth R. Feinberg Kenneth R. Feinberg
Joan M. Biskupic Joan M. Biskupic


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Kenneth R. Feinberg, Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient

Joan M. Biskupic (L'93), honorary degree recipient


Sunday, May 18, 2014
2:00 p.m.


Georgetown University Main Campus
Healy Lawn
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
(Rain Site: McDonough Arena on Main Campus)


Feinberg is often referred to as "The Master of Disaster," since he has been the go-to expert for resolving some of the nation's most challenging disputes, and overseeing victim compensation funds in the wake of massive tragedies. He was the government-appointed administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund after the 2010 oil spill, and is perhaps best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. In September 2012, he was hired by Penn State University to aid in the settlement of dozens of personal injury claims stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He also oversaw the disbursement of donations to the injured victims and families of the deceased in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. 

A graduate of New York University Law School, Feinberg was a founding partner of the Washington office of the law firm, Kaye Scholer. He started his own firm in 1992, now called Feinberg Rozen LLP. He is the author of What is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11, an account of his experience overseeing the 9/11 victim compensation fund. Feinberg has also had a distinguished teaching career as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Virginia. 

Biskupic, a journalist, author and lawyer, has earned a place among the top legal reporters in the country. She has covered the United States Supreme Court since 1989, and is the Editor in Charge, Legal Affairs, for Reuters. She was previously the Legal Affairs Correspondent for USA Today and the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post. She won the 1991 Everett McKinley Dirkson Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress for her coverage of the Clarence Thomas hearings while a legal affairs writer for Congressional Quarterly. Biskupic received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993 and has been a member of the District of Columbia bar since 1994.

A regular panelist on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, Biskupic has also appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America and Nightline, and CBS's Face the Nation. She has written a number of books about the Supreme Court, including biographies of Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Antonin Scalia. 

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