The Robert H. Jackson Center will host a free continuing education seminar titled, “Tinkering with the Law” on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Doors will open for attendees at 8:00 a.m. Randall J. Sweeney, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and Gregory L. Peterson, Esq., a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP in Jamestown and board member at The Robert H. Jackson Center, will begin the program at 8:45 a.m. with a welcome and introductions.

The seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the title presentation, “Tinkering with the Law: A Conversation on First Amendment Rights” given by American speech activist Mary Beth Tinker. Ms. Tinker is best known for her role in the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District Supreme Court case, which set a precedent for student speech in schools. Joining Ms. Tinker will be Dr. Ronald J. Wright, Esq., a first amendment specialist with the law offices of Francis M. Letro in Buffalo. Through a special arrangement with Erie 2 BOCES Distance Learning office, the program will also be delivered to Distance Learning classrooms and portable videoconferencing units in school districts throughout New York State.

A second session, “Dos and Don’ts for Municipal Officials” will be presented by Don McCord, Senior Planner, Chautauqua County Dept. of Planning & Economic Development, and Neil Robinson Esq. from the law offices of Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo in Jamestown.

The seminar will be immediately followed by a buffet luncheon featuring former Buffalo Bill Ed Rutkowski. Mr. Rutkowski played a variety of positions during his six years (1963-1969) with the Bills, including quarterback, halfback, and wide receiver. He was named an AFL All Star in 1965, and scored a total of six touchdowns during his 83 career games with the Bills. Mr. Rutkowski was the recipient of the 1998 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award. After retiring from football, Mr. Rutkowski served as Erie County Executive from 1979-1987.

Developed primarily as a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys, the seminar will appeal to a cross-disciplinary audience of lawyers, municipal officials, business leaders, bankers, accountants, financial planners, insurance and investment agencies, non-profit organizations and their board members. The program is approved forNYS CLE credit for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys for a maximum of 4.0 credit hours. In addition, Certificates of Attendance for 2 hours of mandatory training will be issued to all participants who serve on municipal planning and zoning boards. Phillips Lytle LLP, an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York, will handle NYS CLE credit requests.

Sponsors for the event include Phillips Lytle LLP, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Robert H. Jackson Center, Chautauqua Abstract, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Colecraft Commercial Furnishings, DFT Communications, Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo Attorneys at Law, Five Star Bank, Francis M. Letro Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Holt Associates, Jamestown Bar Association, Kessell Construction, Key Bank, Northern Chautauqua County Bar Association, PNC Bank, Rogers Land Surveying, Safety Compliance and Star Media Group.