Leading Jurist Charles Fried To Give Ninth Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court

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July 2, 2013 – Chautauqua Institution’s 9th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center, will be given by Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard University, on Tuesday, July 9, at 4 p.m. at the institution’s Hall of Philosophy.

Through a partnership with the Robert H. Jackson Center, Allegheny College has expanded and enhanced its set of unique study, research and community engagement opportunities of extraordinary quality in the areas of law courts and international human rights. Allegheny College is among the sponsors of Professor Fried’s address, “Reason and Passion: The Contingent and the Timeless in Supreme Court Decision Making.”

Charles Fried is a leading jurist, scholar, teacher and litigator. From 1985 to 1989, he served as Solicitor General of the United States under President Reagan. From 1995 to 1999, he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Except for his periods of government service, Professor Fried has been teaching at Harvard since 1961. His many books include “Anatomy of Values” (1970), “Right and Wrong” (1978), “Contract as Promise” (1980), “Order & Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution” (1991), “Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court” (2004), “Modern Liberty” (2006) and “Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror” (2010, with Gregory Fried).

The Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chautauqua Institution is an annual reflection on the Supreme Court, on which Robert H. Jackson served as an Associate Justice from 1941 to 1954.

Previous years have featured such distinguished speakers as Professor Pamela Karlan, constitutional law scholar and award–winning teacher at Stanford University; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and award-winning commentator and author; Jeff Shesol, historian, political speechwriter and author; Paul D. Clement, King & Spalding and former U.S. Solicitor General; Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, CNN senior legal analyst and author; Seth P. Waxman, WilmerHale and former U.S. Solicitor General; Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times; and Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, University of Chicago.

This event is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Chautauqua Institution and the Robert H. Jackson Center, as well as through the support of the following sponsors: Allegheny College, Arnie & Jill Bellowe and Rhoe B. Henderson Insurance Agency.

Lecture attendees will be required to pay the standard entry fee to the Chautauqua Institution.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson—U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the major Nazi war criminals following World War II at the International Military Tribunal (IMT) trial at Nuremberg—through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations.