Charles Fried to give ninth annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court

CHAUTAUQUA – Chautauqua Institution’s 9th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center, will be given by Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard University, on July 9 at 4 p.m. at the Institution’s Hall of Philosophy. Professor Fried’s topic will be “Reason and Passion: The Contingent and the Timeless in Supreme Court Decision Making.”

Fried is a leading jurist, scholar, teacher and litigator. From 1985-1989, he served as Solicitor General of the United States under President Reagan. From 1995-1999, he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Except for his periods of government service, Professor Fried has been teaching at Harvard since 1961. His many books include Anatomy of Values (1970), Right and Wrong (1978), Contract as Promise (1980), Order & Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution (1991), Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court (2004), Modern Liberty (2006), and Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror (2010, with Gregory Fried).

The Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chautauqua Institution is an annual reflection on the Supreme Court, on which Robert H. Jackson served as an Associate Justice from 1941-1954. Previous years have featured such distinguished speakers as Professor Pamela Karlan, constitutional law scholar and awardwinning teacher at Stanford University; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and award-winning commentator and author; Jeff Shesol, historian, political speechwriter and author; Paul D. Clement, King & Spalding and former U.S. Solicitor General; Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, CNN senior legal analyst, and author; Seth P. Waxman, Wilmer Hale and former U.S. Solicitor General; Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times; and Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, University of Chicago.

This event is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Chautauqua Institution and the Robert H. Jackson Center, as well as through the support of the following sponsors: Allegheny College, Arnie & Jill Bellowe, and Rhoe B. Henderson Insurance Agency.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson – U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the major Nazi war criminals following WWII at the International Military Tribunal trial at Nuremberg – through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations.

The Center is located at 305 E.Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Monday Friday and from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of the Center outside of regular business hours, e-mail or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.