Jackson Center to Host Spring Continuing Legal Education Seminar


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The Robert H. Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center will host a free continuing legal education seminar entitled, “Underground Railroad: Law and Legacy” on Tuesday May 6th, 2014.

The doors will open for attendees at 8:00 a.m. Randall J. Sweeney, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and Gregory L. Peterson, Esq., a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP in Jamestown and board member at The Robert H. Jackson Center, will begin the program with a welcome and introductions.

The seminar will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a presentation on What You Need to Know About Medicaid, given by Betsy S. Steger, attorney for the Chautauqua County Dept. of Health and Human Services. A second program, What’s New in the Nonprofit World? will be presented by Frederick G. Attea, and Sharon Prise Azurin, partners at Phillips Lytle, LLP in Buffalo, along with Randall S. Lewis, general counsel to a number of nonprofit organizations in Chautauqua County. The seminar will conclude with the feature program, Underground Railroad: Law & Legacy guest speaker will be Professor Paul Finkelman, Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, along with Mr. Peterson as part of the panel. Professor Finkelman is a specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, race relations and the law, and the First Amendment.

The seminar will be immediately followed by a luncheon featuring guest speaker René Robert. A member of the legendary “French Connection,” Robert played right wing for the Buffalo Sabres from 1972-1979. During those eight seasons, Robert totaled 222 goals and 330 assists, for a total of 532 points, including 32 game-winners in 525 games. In 1975, he became the first right winger in Sabres’ history to score more than 100 points during a single season and was voted MVP. The Sabres retired his number, 14, in 1995.

Developed primarily as a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys, the seminar will appeal to a cross-disciplinary audience of lawyers, municipal officials, business leaders, bankers, accountants, financial planners, insurance and investment agencies, non-profit organizations and their board members. The program is approved for NYS CLE credit for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys for a maximum of 4.0 credit hours. Phillips Lytle LLP, an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York, will handle NYS CLE credit requests.

Sponsors for the event include: Robert H. Jackson Center, Phillips Lytle LLP, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Chautauqua Abstract Company, DFT Communications, Artone, Cattaraugus County Bar Association, Courier Capital Corporation, Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council, Five Star Bank, Holt Associates, Insurance Management Company, Jamestown Bar Association, Kessel Construction, Lutheran Social Services, Manning and Napier, Northern Chautauqua County Bar Association, The Resource Center, Rodgers Land Surveying, and United Christian Advocacy Network.

The seminar and luncheon are free of charge. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register, please contact Mary Keating, CLE Administrator, Phillips Lytle LLP at (716) 847-5461. For more information, please contact The Robert H. Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646 or e-mail info@roberthjackson.org.