Attica – Legal Perspectives & Legacy

The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to announce its annual fall Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Thursday, September 13, 2018.  Twice a year, the Jackson Center invites nationally recognized speakers to address topical issues that attract leaders from business, legal, and educational communities.

This fall, our community event will feature Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, award-winning author, and historian at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Thompson’s book, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History. The book tells the gripping, apolitical, and behind-the-scenes story of a pivotal moment in history and the lessons that were learned from that event.

The program will also include Lee Coppola, former dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He is a past winner of the prestigious George Polk Award, a winner of the Investigative Reporters, and Editors (IRE) award, and has received numerous accolades from the National Press Club.  In 1971, Coppola was at Attica prison as a reporter for The Buffalo Evening News on the date the prison was retaken.  He describes Thompson’s book as the “definitive history” on the Attica uprising.

8:45am – Introduction followed by “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.” Presented by Amanda Lowe, Esq.

9:45am– “Blood In The Water” – Presented by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Greg Peterson, Esq.

11am –  “Attica: Legal Perspectives and Legacy” with Lee Coppola, Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Gary Loeffert, and Greg Peterson

12:45pm – Lunch with special guest, Don Luce.

The entire event will end at approximately 2:00 p.m.

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. This program will be approved for CLE credit as follows: Experienced Attorneys ― 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias; 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice; Newly Admitted Attorneys ―3.0 Areas of Professional Practice.

PA CLE Accreditation: Approval by The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board is pending

Thanks to our sponsors!


Phillips Lytle
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation




Allegheny College
Chautauqua Abstract Company
Heritage Ministries


  • Andreozzi Bluestein LLP
  • Artone
  • AXA Financial
  • Axiom
  • Digitell Inc.
  • Falconer Printing & Design Inc.
  • Greater Chautauqua Regional Estate Planning Council
  • Jamestown Bar Association
  • Kessel Construction
  • Rodgers Land Surveying
  • Safety Compliance
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law

The following funds held at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

  • The Honorable Joseph Gerace/Robert H. Jackson Lectureship Fund

In Kind Support

  • Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
  • Elegant Edibles

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