Robert H. Jackson Center

Jeff Shesol to Deliver Chautauqua's Jackson Lecture on August 18th

Jul 28, 2010 | Posted in News Releases

Jeff Shesol

Jeff Shesol

The 6th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States will be given by historian, political speechwriter and author Jeff Shesol on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at 4 p.m. at the Hall of Philosophy on the Chautauqua Institution grounds.

Jeff Shesol is author of the widely acclaimed book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court which tells the fascinating story of Franklin Roosevelt’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court with liberal judges who would override the previous conservative majority, and inevitably sanction his progressive New Deal legislation. An intriguing look at the Court & the Constitution’s evolution during the FDR administration, Shesol’s Supreme Power is a riveting re-examination of American history.

Chautauqua Institution was a very significant part of Robert Jackson’s life, his broad and self-directed education, his public speaking training and experiences, and his thinking. The Jackson Lecture at Chautauqua Institution is a leading annual consideration of the Supreme Court, on which Justice Jackson served from 1941-1954. Previous years have featured:

  • 2008: Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, CNN senior legal analyst, and author of The NIne: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court