Chief Justice Roberts to Speak in Jamestown

Jamestown, N.Y. - Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., will be speaking at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York, on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

According to Gregory L. Peterson, Jackson Center co-founder and board member, and Office Leader of Phillips Lytle LLP’s Jamestown office, Chief Justice Roberts’s visit is an important milestone for the Robert H. Jackson Center.

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

James C. Johnson, President and CEO of the Jackson Center, said Chief Justice Roberts’s visit highlights the Center’s 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,” Mr. Johnson said.

The visit by the Chief Justice comes ten years after the dedication of the Robert H. Jackson Center by Justice Roberts’s immediate predecessor, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. The Chief Justice’s address from the front porch of the Jackson Center will be open to the public.

Chief Justice Roberts was born in Buffalo, New York, on January 27, 1955, the son of Rosemary and John Glover "Jack" Roberts, Sr. His father was a plant manager with Bethlehem Steel. The future Chief Justice lived in Buffalo until he was in fourth grade.

He attended Harvard University, earning an A.B. degree in 1976 and a J.D. degree in 1979. Chief Justice Roberts served first as a law clerk in New York City for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979–1980 and then as a law clerk at the Supreme Court for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1980 Term.

Chief Justice Roberts also served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Roberts to serve as Chief Justice of the United States. He took his seat on September 29, 2005.

Founded in 2001, the Robert H. Jackson Center advances the ideals of the late Justice Robert H. Jackson, a leading advocate of American democracy and justice, who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1941 to 1954. A former country lawyer in Chautauqua County, Jackson was the architect of the Nuremberg Trials following World War II. His work laid the foundation for today’s international criminal tribunals, which promote peace on every continent by bringing to justice perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international law.

Today, Justice Jackson is recognized as a highly articulate proponent of justice and judicial restraint. Current Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States often cite him as a model for judicial independence, eloquence, and bipartisanship.

Along with sitting Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Jackson Center has also brought to its doorstep civil rights pioneers, award-winning authors, international law scholars, and many other exceptional speakers. For information about the Robert H. Jackson Center and Chief Justice Roberts’s visit, please visit the website at or phone 716-483-6646.

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