UMass Amherst Names Kenneth Feinberg as Speaker for Commencement May 26

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg, nationally known attorney and special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, will deliver the main address at the University''s 132nd Commencement, to be held at 10 a.m. on Sun. May 26, in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Approximately 4,000 undergraduates are candidates for bachelor''s degrees.

Feinberg received a bachelor''s degree in history cum laude from UMass in 1967 and was student speaker at his own Commencement. He was awarded a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1970. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York from 1972-75, and Special Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 1975-80. From 1977-79, Feinberg was also an aide to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. In 1993, he founded The Feinberg Group, LLP, of Washington, D.C.

Feinberg is one of the nation''s leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He played a major role in mediating compensation disputes involving the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, and the Dalkon Shield birth-control device, as well as in numerous other cases involving such issues as breach of contract, antitrust and civil RICO violations, civil fraud, product liability, insurance coverage, and various commercial and environmental matters.

At UMass, Feinberg donated funds to establish the first endowed professorship in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Kenneth R. Feinberg Professor of History. He also created the Feinberg Fund for Excellence in History, to provide support for faculty salaries, lectures, and research in history.

The University will hold a separate Commencement ceremony for approximately 1,250 master''s and doctoral degree candidates at 10:30 a.m. Sat. May 25, in the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. James F. Walker Jr., interim dean of the Graduate School, will offer a welcome. Chancellor Marcellette G. Williams and President William M. Bulger will speak briefly.

Also on May 25, about 115 candidates will receive associate of science degrees from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at a 2 p.m. ceremony in Bowker Auditorium. Keynote speaker is Kirsten Lundgren Brodie, a member of the first equine industries graduating class at Stockbridge, in 1991.

Other events on Sat. May 25 include: Phi Beta Kappa installation, Campus Center Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.; School of Nursing Pinning and Hooding Celebration, Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.; ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony, Bowker Auditorium, 5 p.m.; Isenberg School of Management Graduation Celebration, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.; College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony, Campus Center Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Following the University ceremonies on Sun. May 26, a Special School of Education Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.