Chief Justice coming to Jackson Ctr.

Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. is scheduled to make an appearance at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, N.Y., at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, where he will give a public address.

The visit comes ten years after the dedication of the center by Justice Roberts’ immediate predecessor, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

Roberts’ visit marks a milestone for the center, according to Gregory Peterson, co-founder and current board member of the Jackson Center.

“It demonstrates not only the center’s past successes in preserving Justice Jackson’s legacy,” said Peterson, “but also the continuing role of the Jackson Center in teaching the lessons of Justice Jackson’s life and work to future generations.”

Jackson was an advocate of American democracy and justice who worked as a lawyer in Chautauqua County before he served on the Supreme Court from 1941 to 1954. Jackson was also appointed Chief Prosecutor for the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 by President Truman where he laid the foundation for today’s international criminal tribunals.

James Johnson, president and CEO of the Jackson Center, said that Roberts’ visit to the center highlights the mission to advance the legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson through education and exhibits and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas now and for future generations.

“This extraordinary event will be tailored to make history come alive for area students, helping them gain a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the role of the judiciary in our federal system of government. Invitations will be extended to area schools and the general public,” said Johnson.

Roberts’ address from the front porch of the Jackson Center will be open to the public.

For more information about the event, visit www.roberthjackson.org or call 1-716-483-6646.