The Robert H. Jackson Center will host the second Annual Stanley Weeks Law Day Lecture, co-hosted by the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonary Valley of Jamestown, with keynote speaker Judicial Hearing Office Judge Joseph Gerace on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m.
The focus of Gerace's address will correspond with the national 2014 theme for Law Day, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. This event is free and open to the general public.
A dedicated public figure, Gerace's career spans more than 50 years of public service in Chautauqua County and New York state. A trial lawyer for more than 20 years, Gerace was elected as Chautauqua County's first County Executive, a position he held for eight years until his appointment as the New York state Commissioner of Agriculture. In 1992, Gerace was elected to the New York state Supreme Court, where he served until he reached its mandatory retirement age in 2003. After his retirement, he was appointed as a judicial hearing officer, a position he currently serves. Following Gerace's Law Day presentation, he will be interviewed about his career in public service.
The annual Law Day Lecture honors not just one, but two of Chautauqua County's most prominent community leaders. The program's namesake, Stanley Weeks, was a highly accomplished attorney and active community leader, serving as mayor of the city of Jamestown, Jamestown Board of Education, county Board of Supervisors, director of Jamestown Chamber of Commerce and also many additional leadership roles for area organizations. Weeks was also an ardent Freemason, serving in many official roles for local lodges.
The Stanley Weeks Law Day Lecture coincides with Law Day celebrations on a national level. Established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower, Law Day is a day set aside to celebrate the rule of law and recognize how law and the legal process contribute to American citizens' freedoms. Annually a theme is chosen to highlight a particular aspect of the rule of law or legal process. The 2014 theme is pertinent on the eve of this year's 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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 trial at Nuremberg - through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations. The center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the center outside of regular business hours, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646. Find the center on Facebook.com/roberthjacksoncenter to follow our upcoming event pages.