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    Video highlights: Specific protocols help guide resolving GM ignition claims

    November 3, 2014 12:28 PM by John Glynn

    A key in developing the ongoing General Motors ignition switch compensation program was developing a protocol in coordination with stakeholders, such as nonprofit groups and plaintiffs attorneys, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who manages victims’ fund for GM. “Transparency is essential. Here are the rules. Anybody who feels they are victimized by a defective switch in a GM automobile, here are the rules posted online, available by mail available to anybody who wants to apply.”

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    Video highlights: Getting the parties to ‘yes’ takes good listening

    November 3, 2014 12:24 PM by John Glynn

    Patience is paramount in getting a grieving party to sign off on a settlement, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who runs the ongoing General Motors ignition switch compensation program.  “You listen and you watch. And you hold hands. You become a very good listener in all of these programs. And you try to be transparent. You try to be candid. … How you get the parties to vent and get to ‘yes,’ that’s the heart of this.”

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    Video highlights: Emotions can run high in mediation disputes

    November 3, 2014 12:16 PM by John Glynn

    Kenneth R. Feinberg runs the compensation program for General Motors’ ignition switch recall and was the special master for the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  He says the most challenging part of his job is working with eligible family members who lost loved ones or individuals who are physically injured.  “When I take on one of these assignments, like GM or 9/11, you better brace yourself for the emotion. That’s the part I find, by far, the toughest.”

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    Video highlights: Post-settlement, intramural fights pose new problem, opportunity

    October 31, 2014 3:57 PM by John Glynn

    A growing opportunity for mediators is helping to resolve intramural disputes among "family" claimants, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who has managed several high-profile victims' compensation funds, including those related to the 2010 BP oil spill and September 11th.  "There is a dispute among eligible victims as to who gets what. I found in 9/11, in BP, in Katrina retaining as the administrator of the program - retaining - 10, 20, 25 different mediators to help resolve intramural disputes among family members, among eligible claimants who are entitled to something. . The dispute is resolved with the defendant. . Now we are in argument of who gets what."

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    Video highlights: Mediation not panacea, but plays important role

    October 31, 2014 3:53 PM by John Glynn

    Mediation has a role to play but will not replace litigation in the United States, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who runs the victims' fund for General Motors' ignition switch recall.  "One reason that these compensation programs that I administer, and one reason mediation is so credible in the United States is that we have a very unique alternative litigation system. And the litigation system in this country- time honored, we've had it for hundreds of years - just isn't followed anywhere in the world."


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    Video highlights: From 9/11 to GM, Feinberg shares insights from high-profile mediations

    October 30, 2014 1:20 PM by John Glynn

    A good mediator might be better off with a divinity or a psychiatry degree than an education in law because patience and empathy are essential qualities for an effective mediator, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who in 2001 became special master of the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. 

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    Video highlights: Panelists address recent developments on federal sentencing guidelines

    October 27, 2014 4:01 PM by John Glynn

    Officials from the U.S. Justice Department provide their insights on recent developments and potential policy issues in federal sentencing guidelines from the perspectives of Congress, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Department of Justice and federal defenders.

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    Video highlights: EPA administrator keynotes SEER conference

    October 20, 2014 8:58 AM by John Glynn

    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, praises environmental lawyers, noting the important connection between the work of lawyers and the EPA agenda: “You know that America’s rule of law is only as good as the credible system that implements and enforces it. Laws talk the talk but implementation and strong enforcement is what walks the walk.  It separates us from other nations.” 

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    Constitution Day Message from ABA President Hubbard

    September 17, 2014 8:03 AM by John Glynn

    American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard discusses the 2014 Constitution Day theme: The Bill of Rights.

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    Delegates hear legal education developments

    August 15, 2014 1:51 PM by John Glynn

    Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals; Rebecca Berch, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; and Mathew Kerbis, chair of the ABA Law Student Division, discuss current issues surrounding legal education.

    The panel discussion was presented by the ABA House of Delegates Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession on Aug. 11 during the ABA Annual Meeting. The committee is charged with identifying issues of interest and concern to the legal profession and finding ways to engage the delegates in an exchange of information with their constituents. 


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