Sept. 11 fund master to speak at Shepard dinner

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The attorney appointed as special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 will be the keynote speaker at this year's Randall T. Shepard Award Dinner.

Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed by then-Attorney General John Aschroft, administered the fund pro bono for 33 months, which included evaluating applications, determining appropriate compensation, and disseminating awards.

After the shootings at Virginia Tech University last year, Feinberg became the chief administrator of the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. He's also served as a court-appointed special settlement master in many cases, including working as an arbitrator to determine the fair market value of the Zapruder film of the John F. Kennedy assassination and determining the allocation of legal fees in the Holocaust slave labor litigation.

The Randall T. Shepard Award is given to attorneys for their commitment and contributions to the pro bono movement throughout the state. The annual dinner is hosted by the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission. Baker & Daniels attorney Carl Pebworth and Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. will receive the award.

Also receiving awards that night:

- Pro Bono Publico Award: attorneys Deborah Agard, Gene Arnholt, Ida Coleman Lamberti, and the Bartholomew and Johnson county bar associations

- Law-Related Education Award: Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias, Caryn Glawe, Brita Horvath, and Patrick Shoulders

- Presidential Award: Patricia McKinnon

The event, which is open to the public, costs $60 per person to attend and reservations must be made no later than Sept. 30. Those interested in attending may contact Kelly Valentine at the Indiana Bar Foundation at (317) 269-2415 or


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