As one without a law degree and with no credentials as a historian, it is a great honor for me to pay a layman’s tribute to the most eminent alumnus of the Albany Law School: Robert H. Jackson. He is justly famous as one of the most eloquent Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, but perhaps no judicial comments have ever equaled his opening and closing statements at the Nuremberg trials. His determination to make those trials reflect our highest principles of justice and morality is incomparable. Robert Jackson has been gone for fifty years, but his legacy lives on. With new and different war crimes trials on the front pages of every newspaper, Jacksonís legacy takes on ever more powerful meaning.
January 9, 2005
Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, For Me, Robert H. Jackson Is Alive, 68 Albany L. Rev. 71-76
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