Special to the OBSERVER
Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr., will be speaking at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown on Friday, May 17, at 10 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' 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," Peterson said.
James C. Johnson, Jackson Center president and chief executive officer, said Roberts' 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," Johnson said.
The visit by the chief justice comes 10 years after the dedication of the Robert H. Jackson Center by 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.
Roberts was born in Buffalo on Jan. 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. 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 to 1980 and then as a law clerk at the Supreme Court for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1980 term.
Roberts also served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2003-05. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Roberts to serve as Chief Justice of the United States. He took his seat on Sept. 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 1941-54. 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 Roberts's visit, please visit www.roberthjackson.org or call 483-6646.
The Robert H. Jackson Center's mission is to preserve and advance the legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson through education, exhibits and symposiums and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas now and for future generations. The center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.