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Striking Home Kenneth Feinberg ’70, founder of Feinberg Rozen and the go-to problem solver for major disasters, served as the administrator of One Fund Boston, distributing more than $60 million to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Feinberg has mastered victim compensation funds for the 9/11 attacks, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and even served as the nation’s “pay czar” for top executives at banks that were bailed out by the US. But this time, the Brockton, MA, native is administering close to home. “Unless you have a heart of stone, you cannot help but empathize with victims who reside in your neighborhood,” says Feinberg. “As a professional, you try not to permit your background and youth in Massachusetts to influence your objective decision making, but it certainly strikes at your core.”

Big Ideas for the Big Apple The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and its Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy convened a Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing in April, moderated by Brian Lehrer of WNYC and featuring all six then-declared candidates for New York City mayor, above: John Liu, Christine Quinn, Sal Albanese, Adolfo Carrión Jr., Bill Thompson, and Bill de Blasio. Furman Center Director Vicki Been ’83, Boxer Family Professor of Law, introduced the event with a daunting observation: “How the city takes on this challenge of creating and preserving affordable housing in an environment of increasing needs, declining federal support, and a strengthening real estate market will have an enormous effect on the livability, diversity, and character of the city.”

“Failure to provide for maximum punishments adequate to satisfactorily punish criminal offenders is not an American problem. We probably have the longest sentence maxima in the free world. For the most serious crimes, we have life imprisonment without parole or capital punishment. No more can be added.”

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Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts, testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights during a hearing on hate crime and domestic extremism that was held on September 19 in the wake of a shooting at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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“Untitled, Chalk on Board” When mere words wouldn’t do, renowned painter Frank Stella turned to the chalkboard to show rather than tell. Stella joined a panel of experts in April for NYU Law’s Art Law Society’s discussion of resale royalty rights, which allow artists to benefit from the increased value of their works over time. Stella proposed an alternative “transfer tax” for subsequent sales of an original work of art. “Stimulating creativity in the arts is not going to be done by any kind of resale right or handout to the artists,” he said. The drive to create, he added, “happens regardless of the market.”

Candice Jones ’07 and Jason Washington ’07 recently completed their year as White House Fellows. Jones, most recently the executive director of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, worked on a series of policy projects in the Office of the Secretary of Education, contributing to broad strategy development. “I have a better understanding of the benefits and burdens of being a public servant,” said Jones. “There is a responsibility to appreciate the broad impact of proposed Jones Washington policies, while constantly managing the scrutiny of decisions and efforts to communicate those decisions effectively.” Washington, previously a senior policy adviser to Baltimore’s mayor, was initially placed in the Office of Field Policy and Management. After Superstorm Sandy, however, he asked to work on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. “The White House Fellows experience has challenged me to think about my responsibilities as a leader in a more complex way,” he said. “As I map out my career path moving forward, I plan to consider not just my personal goals but also how I can have a positive and meaningful impact in the world.”

NYU Law Magazine 2013  
NYU Law Magazine 2013  

The annual magazine from NYU School of Law.