Critical Debrief

  1. Kenneth Feinberg interviews Robert H. Benmosche, CEO and President of AIG (American Insurance Group) about executive compensation in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and AIG’s subsequent meltdown. Mr. Benmosche focuses on how he dealt with compensation issues at AIG, how the firm implemented financial recovery efforts and the circumstances surrounding the firm’s ability to pay back the federal government for the loans granted and assets purchased during the TARP phase of financial stabilization. The two also discuss past meetings about executive compensation when Mr. Feinberg served as the “pay czar” appointed by the U.S. Treasury to oversee the compensation of top executives at those companies that received the most federal financial assistance.

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  2. Senator Alan K. Simpson speaks with Ken Feinberg about the American economy, the federal budget, and how both would affect the 2012 Election. Mr. Simpson discusses his involvement in the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission, and the recommendations it made for reducing the national debt. The two also discuss the political culture in Congress and the influence of money on personal and political relationships in Washington.

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  3. A distinguished panel converses on the successes and failures of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The panel — Michael Posner, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First; and Christine Chung, former Senior Trial Attorney at ICC — met shortly after ICC’s first verdict on March 14, 2012, when it convicted Thomas Lubanga, a former Congolese warlord, of recruiting and using child soldiers.

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  4. Alan Dershowitz, a prominent lawyer and civil liberties attorney, discusses the Stand Your Ground statute and its legal heritage with Ken Feinberg. Their discussion springs from the February 2012 incident in which George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American. The incident raised questions about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which legalizes the use of force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat. In some cases, it allows for the use of lethal force in public areas without a duty to retreat. As such, it provides defense against criminal charges or a civil suit.

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  5. Just days after September 11, 2001, Ken Feinberg was appointed to administer the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, a unique, unprecedented fund established by Congress to compensate families who lost a loved one on 9/11 and survivors who were physically injured in the attacks. He played a similar role in the BP Oil Spill Compensation Fund following the environmental disaster in 2006. In this August 17, 2012 lecture, Feinberg speaks at New York University during a two-week “Introduction to U.S. Law” program for foreign-trained LLM students.

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