Geneva, N.Y.—Carey R. D'Avino, an attorney from New York City who served as lead negotiator for Holocaust victims in German and Austrian settlement negotiations and participated as a principal lawyer in several Holocaust class action lawsuits, will present “Holocaust Class Action Litigation in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on International Justice” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, in Coxe Hall, Room 8, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
D'Avino will visit campus as a John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence for Ethics and Social Justice sponsored by the Dean of Hobart College. The public is invited to the talk. A reception will follow at the Jewish Culture House, 412 Pulteney Street. While on campus, D'Avino will also visit classes and meet with individual and groups of students and faculty
D'Avino's class action cases constitute an extraordinary body of litigation by any measure. The potential class of claimants in all of the cases exceeds two million people. The sovereign states present at the German negotiations include Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic, Poland, and the United States. The historical nature of the claims, the international scope of the claims, the evocation of the most terrible human tragedies of the 20th century, and the instantaneous presentation of all of these dramatic elements in the modern media has precipitated emotional tremors in the hundreds of thousands of class members and political and social repercussions across three continents. These cases have resulted in settlements in excess of $7 billion for the benefit of Holocaust victims and their families.
D'Avino plans to continue his work in the human rights class action field. He recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Anti-Slavery Group, a Boston-based, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to eradicating slavery throughout the world.
He was first admitted to practice law in 1980. He received a bachelor's degree with honors, from Colgate University and his J.D., with honors, from Emory University Law School, where he was awarded first place in the legal writing competition and served as an editor of Emory Law Journal. He was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States Virgin Islands for tax enforcement after sitting as a member of the Governor of the U.S. Tax Task Force for three years. He is a member of the Bar in New York State and in the United States Virgin Islands. He is admitted to practice law in the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Virgin Islands District Court, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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