Ken Feinberg, Richard Epstein and Mark W. Smith to Debate the Government's Regulation of Executive Compensation at Columbia Law School

Apr 15, 2010, 12:28 ET from Smith Valliere PLLC

NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg, Professor Richard Epstein and New York Times Bestselling Author and attorney Mark W. Smith will appear at Columbia Law School on Thursday, April 15th at 4:30 p.m., to debate whether the federal government should play a larger role in executive compensation decisions at some of America's largest corporations.  The event is sponsored by the Columbia Law School Federalist Society.

Moderator Smith notes that "Government control over salaries and wages violates free market capitalism. But once taxpayers are forced to financially prop-up otherwise failed banks and auto companies, should the rules of the road change?"

Kenneth Feinberg is a prominent American attorney, specializing in alternative dispute resolution. Feinberg was appointed Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund making him responsible for determining the amount paid to surviving family members of 9/11 and he serves as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation, popularly called the "pay czar." He is an adjunct professor at the law schools at Georgetown University and Columbia University.

Richard Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a visiting professor of law at New York University School of Law. Epstein is considered one of the most influential legal thinkers of modern times.

Mark W. Smith is the founding partner of the Madison Avenue law firm Smith Valliere PLLC, which handles complex business litigations and engages in crisis management on behalf of clients in the media.  Mr. Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of several political and legal books, and is a popular public speaker who appears frequently in the media including on CNN, Fox News, CBS News, CNBC, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is a recognized public policy expert and has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal

Following the debate at Columbia University's Jerome Greene Hall, guests are invited to enjoy a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

SOURCE R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations