Jackson Center Presents Prominent First Amendment Attorney Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams, Esq

The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and its relevance to current events and issues, will present “Free Expression and the Scope of the First Amendment: A Conversation with Floyd Abrams.”  This legal education program is one in an ongoing series of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars presented in partnership with Phillips Lytle LLP.  The Tuesday, October 10 program at the Jackson Center is free and open to the public, advance registration is required, and donations are appreciated.  Robert H. Jackson Center President Susan Moran Murphy made the announcement.

The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. with “Real Estate 101”, a comprehensive overview of real estate law basics for attorneys, paralegals, office administrators, brokers, and individuals with an  interest in New York State real estate transactions.  Presenters Hope L. Frederickson, Esq. and Neil M. Robinson, Esq. focus their area of law practices on real estate and Ryan Cannon is a title expert with Chautauqua Abstract Company.

At 11:00 a.m., Samantha Barbas, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law, will address free expression and the scope of the First Amendment in her remarks introducing featured presenter Floyd Abrams.  Dr. Barbas researches and teaches legal history, First Amendment law and mass communications law.  Following Barbas’s remarks, Floyd Abrams, Esq., will be interviewed by Robert H. Jackson Center co-founder and board member Gregory L. Peterson, Esq., Phillips Lytle LLP.  A recognized First Amendment trial lawyer, Floyd Abrams is currently Senior Counsel in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s litigation practice group.  Mr. Abrams’s numerous appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court as a First Amendment advocate have placed him in a rare class of still-practicing attorneys who have shaped how Americans understand their fundamental rights under the United States Constitution.  In April 2017, Mr. Abrams’ sixth book, “The Soul of the First Amendment,” which examines the extent to which the American law protects free speech more often and more vigorously than is the case anywhere else in the world, was published.  A limited number of signed copies will be available for purchase at the Jackson Center after the program.

Registered attendees may check in at 8:30 a.m. to receive detailed program materials and enjoy a continental breakfast before the formal program begins.  The seminar will end at 12:45 p.m. followed by a luncheon featuring an interview with a guest sports personality. The lunch program will end at 2:00 p.m.  To register, please go to www.roberthjackson.org/events or call 716‐483‐6646.

This program is made possible, in part, through the generosity of our donors and:

  • Allegheny College
  • Chautauqua Abstract Company
  • Chautauaqua Region Community Foundation
  • Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
  • Clark Patterson Lee
  • Colecraft Commercial Furnishings
  • Elegant Edibles
  • Falconer Printing & Design Inc.
  • Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council
  • Jamestown Bar Association
  • Kessel Construction, Inc.
  • Northwest Charitable Foundation
  • Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Rodgers Land Surveying
  • Safety Compliance, Inc.
  • Serta Mattress Co.

Additional support was provided by these funds held at Chautauqua Region Community Foundation:

  • Robert H. Jackson/Lyle S. Peterson Memorial Lectureship Fund
  • Robert H. Jackson/Stan Lundine Fund
  • Robert H. Jackson/Gregory L. Peterson Fund

NYS CLE Accreditation: Phillips Lytle LLP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York.

CLE credit information will be published at a later date. PA CLE Accreditation: Approval by The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania CLE Board is pending.

The Robert H.  Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail.  The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.

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