JAMESTOWN – It should be a near-perfect day today in Jamestown for a visit from the highest judicial officer in the country. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. is in town today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Robert. H. Jackson Center.
The milestone visit comes ten years after the dedication of the Center by Chief 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.
An audience of more than 2,000 is expected to attend, including federal and state judges from across New York State, as well as judiciary from Pennsylvania. Several hundred area students will also be among the onlookers.
In addition, several local, state and federally elected officials will be in attendance, including former Chautauqua County Congressman Brian Higgins. During a private luncheon at the Jackson, Higgins will present the Jackson Center enter with an official, signed copy of the House of Representatives’ bill naming Western New York’s federal courthouse for Robert H. Jackson.
Dozens of media representatives will also be in attendance, including regional NPR station WBFO and national Cable television station C-SPAN – which will have its bus parked near the Jackson Center and open for tours from the public.
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. Jackson was the architect of the Nuremberg Trials following World War II. Jackson was raised in Frewsburg and practiced law in Buffalo and Jamestown.
Today’s public portion of the Chief Justice’s visit begins at 10 a.m.