RHJC hosts continuing education seminar: ‘Chautauqua Lake: The Future is Now’

The Robert H. Jackson Center hosted a free Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled “Chautauqua Lake: The Future is Now” on April 23. The event opened with remarks by Greg Peterson, board member at the Jackson Center, and Randy Sweeney, executive director, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The seminar began with a presentation on “Estate Taxes and Planning” given by Kameron Brooks, partner at Brooks & Brooks, LLP; and Stephen J. Wright, partner at Wright, Wright & Hampton and member of the Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council.

A second program, “No Strings Attached: The Importance of Unrestricted Funds” was presented by Dana Miller, Rochester Area Community Foundation vice president for development and Peter D. Clark, managing partner of Clark & Whipple, and current president of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. The seminar concluded with the feature program, “Chautauqua Lake: The Future is Now!” with panelists Mark Geise, deputy director of Planning and Economic Development for Chautauqua County; and Jessie Fisher, director of Greenway Programs and Projects at Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper. Adam Walters, partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is Land, Environment and Energy Practice group leader, moderated the program.

A luncheon featuring an interview by Peterson with special guest Buffalo Sabres alum Jim Lorentz immediately followed the program. Lorentz regaled the audience with tales of his time in professional hockey, and in the broadcast booth with whom he considers to be the best play-by-play men of all time, Ted Darling and Rick Jeanneret.

“My long association with the Buffalo Sabres was nothing but positive, and I was fortunate to retire from the game as a player then subsequently stay involved as a broadcaster for 26 years,” stated Lorentz.

Lorentz played 10 seasons in the NHL with Boston, St. Louis, the New York Rangers and Buffalo. He scored a total of 331 points with the Sabres, and recorded 134 goals and 197 assists in 487 games. He retired in 1978 with 399 points in the NHL and was a member of Boston’s 1970 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Developed primarily as a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys, the seminar was attended by a cross-disciplinary audience of attorneys, municipal officials, business leaders, bankers, accountants, financial planners, insurance and investment agencies, not-for-profit organizations and their board members. The Robert H. Jackson Center hosts free, continuing education seminars on a bi-annual basis for area professionals which are also open to the public. The next seminar will be held in October 2013. For more information, please call the Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646 or e-mail Visit or the Center’s Facebook page for upcoming events & more.

Seminar sponsors included: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; Phillips Lytle LLP; The Robert H. Jackson Center; Chautauqua Abstract Company, DFT Communications; Star Media Group; Artone Mfg. Co., Inc.; Axiom Business Machines; Cattaraugus County Bar Association; Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce; Chautauqua County Dept. of Planning & Economic Development; Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau; Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame; Citizens Bank; Colecraft; Com Doc; CCIDA; Digitell, Inc.; Elegant Edibles Catering LLC; First Niagara Bank; Five Star Bank; Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council; Heritage; Holt Associates; In Hand Sam Process Service; Insurance Management Company; Jamestown Bar Association; Jamestown Business College; Kessel Construction, Inc.; Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.; Lewis & Lewis, P.C.; Manning & Napier; MAST; Merrill Lynch; Merritt Estate Winery; Moore & Myott; Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation; Northern Chautauqua County Bar Association; PNC Bank; Premier Consulting Associates, LLC; Quick Solutions; The Resource Center; Rodgers Land Surveying; Safety Compliance Inc.; Schaffner Knight Minnaugh & Company PC; and UBS.