Congressman Brian Higgins, NY-26, visited the Robert H. Jackson Center on Friday to take part in events featuring current U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Chief Justice Roberts, a Western New York native, returned to his home community to participate in a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Jackson Center in Jamestown.
During a private luncheon at the Jackson Center with Roberts, Higgins presented the center with an official, signed copy of the House of Representatives' bill naming Western New York's federal courthouse for Justice Jackson.
"It is an honor to join the current chief justice as we recognize Robert Jackson, a distinguished Supreme Court justice and Western New Yorker who shaped our legal system and will now be forever recognized and remembered through the naming of the new federal courthouse," Higgins said.
He introduced a bill calling for the naming the new U.S. Courthouse in Buffalo for Robert H. Jackson in December of 2011. The bill, cosponsored by the full, 29-member bipartisan New York delegation, was approved by the House of Representatives on July 23, 2012, and signed by President Obama on Oct. 5. A ceremonial dedication naming the courthouse for Jackson is scheduled to take place this summer.
Robert H. Jackson was raised in Western New York and practiced law in Buffalo and Jamestown. He was a U.S. attorney general, a distinguished member of the U.S. Supreme Court who presided over some of the most important cases of his time, and was appointed by President Truman to prosecute Nazi war criminals in the Nuremburg Trials.
Higgins represented Chautauqua County, home of the Robert H. Jackson Center, from 2005-12.