Kenneth Roy Feinberg, J.D. – Doctor of Humane Letters
When disaster strikes, you are there, working pro bono to provide relief to families through victim compensation funds. You have overseen distributions of such funds for the September 11th tragedy, the shootings at Virginia Tech and the Boston Marathon bombing.
In your book, What Is Life Worth?: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Fund and Its Effort to Compensate the Victims of September 11th, you recounted your role as filter, arbitrator, and target of family suffering. Though your intellect and legal skills are second to none, you humbly learned from those who had suffered grief, that no check, no matter how large, could make the families and victims of 9/11 whole again. Ultimately, you came to the conclusion that all lives should be treated the same.
Your leadership, acumen, and compassion have brought you many accolades. Your law firm, Feinberg Rozen, is considered a national leader in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. In 2004, you were named “Lawyer of the Year” by The National Law Journal, which has also repeatedly named you one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” You have been appointed to two presidential-level commissions, have served on the boards of worthy nonprofits, and have taught courses at some of our nation’s most prestigious law schools. Through it all, you have never wavered in your loyalty to your home town of Brockton and remain engaged with the City and its people on many fronts.
For your pivotal role in compassionately shepherding the generous response of so many to our nation’s tragedies, for your leadership and your humility, and for serving as light and hope to Americans, including many here in the Commonwealth who have faced unimaginable pain and loss, Stonehill College is proud to bestow upon you, Kenneth Roy Feinberg, honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.