JAMESTOWN, NY, April 9, 2018 – The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law, through the examination of the life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and his legacy’s relevance to current events and issues, welcomes award-winning author Jonathan Eig as one of several featured speakers at a seminar entitled, “Shadowboxing With History: Muhammad Ali’s Test of Civil Liberties.”  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, April 17, 2018 program at the Jackson Center, 305 E. 4th St. in Jamestown 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.

Attendees may check in at 8:00 a.m. to receive course materials and enjoy a continental breakfast.  The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation of “The Fiduciary’s Account” by Alan J. Bozer, Esq., Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and Estate Litigation Practitioner, discussing Surrogate’s Court practice. Following Bozer will be “The Making of a Heavyweight Championship Bout in Buffalo” with Gregory L. Peterson, Esq., co-founder of the Jackson Center and Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, interviewing boxing promoter Don Elbaum and Nicolas J. Rotsko, Senior Associate with Phillips Lytle LLP.

Well-known author and writer Jonathan Eig will then discuss details of his 2017 book, “Ali: A Life.” The book received the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.  People Magazine said of the book: “Eig’s revelatory bio traces the late boxer’s path from pariah to national treasure.”  Eig is working with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who describes Eig as a “master storyteller,” on a documentary about Muhammad Ali.

Joining Eig will be ‘Baby’ Joe Mesi, three-time New York State Golden Gloves Champion. Mesi has one of the longest active undefeated professional boxing records in the world for a heavyweight boxer.  During his boxing career, Mesi was considered by some to be Buffalo’s “third professional franchise,” along with the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.  Once ranked #1 heavyweight contender by the World Boxing Council, Mesi has not actively boxed since 2007.  He is currently involved as a community activist in Western New York.

The program concludes with a 12:45 p.m. luncheon and interview of Ronald Zoeller, founder and former CEO of health care third-party administrator Meritain Health. Zoeller will share details from his recently released memoir, “All In,” and how he helped keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York.

Attendees must pre-register for the CLE online at roberthjackson.org/events, or by calling the Jackson Center at (716)483-6646.

This program is made possible by the following sponsors: Phillips Lytle LLC; Northwest Charitable Foundation; Jefferson Educational Society; Lakeshore Savings Bank; Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; Chautauqua Abstract Company; Andreozzi Bluestein LLP; Cattaraugus County Bank; Elegant Edibles; Colecraft Commercial Furnishings; Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo; Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council; Hall & Lee Yaw, LLP; Heritage Ministries Management Co. Inc.; Jamestown Bar Association; National Comedy Center; Safety Compliance; Sandhill Investments; and the following funds held at Chautauqua Region Community Foundation: Robert H. Jackson/Lyle S. Peterson Memorial Lectureship Fund, Robert H. Jackson/Stan Lundine Fund, and Robert H. Jackson/Gregory L. Peterson Fund.  In kind support was provided by Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

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.