How "Far Gone" Are We Now?: Immigration, Security, & American Values, from Justice Jackson's Time to Our Own

June 23, 2017 at 10:00am

“Congress has ample power to determine whom we will admit to our shores and by what means it will effectuate its exclusion policy. The only limitation is that it may not do so by authorizing United States officers to take without due process of law the life, the liberty or the property of an alien who has come within our jurisdiction; and that means he must meet a fair hearing with fair notice of the charges.  It is inconceivable to me that this measure of simple justice and fair dealing would menace the security of this country. No one can make me believe that we are that far gone.” Justice Robert H. Jackson, dissenting in Shaughnessy, District Director of Immigration & Naturalization v. United States ex rel. Ignatz Mezei, March 16, 1953

upcoming events

Living Voices-“Through the Eyes of A Friend” and “New American”

June 14, 2017 at 9:00am

On June 14th and 15th, 2017 The Robert H. Jackson Center brings Living Voices to the Jackson Center. Living Voices creates dynamic interactive multi-media performances to bring life to history. Historical film footage and photographs, blended with audio and presented in synchronization with a solo actor, gives the audience a chance to experience how the world looked, sounded and felt during a significant time in history. Students in grades 3-7 are invited to view the performances at the Center.

13th Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States

August 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Honorable Jon O. Newman is a United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He assumed senior status in 1997. At the time of his appointment in 1979, he was a United States District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut. Judge Newman was Chief Judge from 1993 to 1997. Judge Newman will give the 13th Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States. Chautauqua Institution’s Robert H. Jackson Lecture, delivered each summer after the completion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term, is a prominent expert’s take on the Court, the Justices, major decisions and related developments, trends and issues. The program is presented in partnership with the Robert H. Jackson Center.

May 2017

2017 Young Readers Program with Carlotta Walls LaNier

Carlotta Walls LaNier, author of "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School" is the Robert H. Jackson Center's 2017 Young Readers speaker.

May 23, 2017 at 1:00pm

April 2017

An Evening with Lee Coppola

Meet the award-winning journalist & former dean  of St. Bonaventure's Dean School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the Robert H. Jackson Center.

April 25, 2017 at 5:00pm

How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?

Please join the Robert H. Jackson Center as we explore the business opportunities and risks inherent in environmental sustainability.


April 19, 2017 at 6:00pm

2017 Continuing Legal Education Seminar-How Superfund Changed the World: Initial Response to a National Emergency and its Evolution

The Robert H. Jackson Center Spring 2017 Legal Education Seminar will feature former U.S. Congressman John J. LaFalce from New York's 29th District and his work with the Superfund.

April 18, 2017 at 8:00am

February 2017

2017 Robert H. Jackson Day in Warren County

The 12th annual Robert H. Jackson Day in Warren, Pennsylvania will present: "Jackson's Cobham Castle: Fact or Fiction?"

February 15, 2017 at 7:00pm

Robert H. Jackson in Jamestown: A Conversation with Helen Ebersole

Please join us for a reception to meet and greet local author Helen Ebersole, who just published a revised edition of her book Off The Pedestal: Jackson in Jamestown.

February 13, 2017 at 6:00pm

2017 Young Readers Essay Contest

Each year the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association & the Robert H. Jackson Center sponsor an essay contest to accompany the annual Young Readers Program. The book for the 2017 Young Readers Program is A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier.

February 1, 2017

January 2017

“Keep the Balance” & “Destinies of Democracy” Exhibits

Enjoy our many exhibits including our two newest: "Destinies of Democracy: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) Collection, 1935-1943" and "Keep The Balance: Students Explore Justice."


January 21, 2017 at 10:00am

December 2016

Skate With Us: A Fundraiser for the Jackson Center

On December 10th from 7:30-9:30 pm, Northwest Arena will donate a portion of the public skate proceeds to the Robert H. Jackson Center!

December 10, 2016 at 7:30pm

Storytime at the Jackson Center

Join us for a family-friendly event, featuring a reading of the children's book Marshall the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U.S. Supreme Court by Peter W. Barnes & Cheryl Shaw Barnes.

December 3, 2016 at 2:00pm