JAMESTOWN, N.Y., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the first time
since the 1954 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of
Education, four of the Supreme Court clerks whose justices played significant
roles in the historic court case will participate in a roundtable discussion
on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at the Carl Cappa Theater of the Robert H.
Jackson Center in Jamestown, N.Y. The roundtable discussion is part of a
series of events and activities taking place at the Jackson Center and other
venues in Chautauqua County in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the
historic Supreme Court decision.
"While judges ultimately make decisions, the clerks that assist them are
the ones behind the scenes collecting and disseminating the information
firsthand," Morgan G. Graham, Managing Partner, Phillips Lytle said. "In this
instance, we will hear from the clerks that served some of the most
recognizable and influential members in the history of the United States
Supreme Court as well as one of the High Court's most important rulings that
forever changed our nation."
Scheduled to participate in the roundtable discussion are former United
States Supreme Court clerks Earl E. Pollack (Law Clerk to Chief Justice Earl
Warren), Frank E.A. Sander (Law Clerk to Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter),
E. Barrett Prettyman Jr. (Law Clerk to Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson)
and John D. Fassett (Law Clerk to Associate Justice Stanley Foreman Reed).
Earl E. Pollack Esq., a native of Sioux City, Iowa, is a graduate of the
University of Minnesota and Northwestern University School of Law. He became
law clerk to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson in the summer of 1953 and remained
in that capacity following the Chief Justice's sudden death that September
under Chief Justice Earl Warren for the Supreme Court's October Terms 1953 and
1954. Pollack subsequently was an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the
U.S. Department of Justice and then an Assistant to the Solicitor General of
the United States.
Frank E. A. Sander, Esq., who was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, came
to the United States in 1940 and later served in the U.S. Army. He graduated
from Brookline (MA) High School, Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where
he was treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. From 1952 to 1953, he was clerk
to Chief Judge Calvert Magruder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit and, during the Supreme Court's October Term 1953, he was a law clerk
to Associate Judge Felix Frankfurter. Mr. Sander subsequently was an attorney
in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then in private law
practice in Boston. He currently is Director of the Harvard Law School
Program on Dispute Resolution.
E. Barrett Prettyman Jr., Esq., a Washington D.C. native, is a graduate of
Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was
Decisions Editor of the Virginia Law Review, Moot Court winner and best Law
Review Note winner. He served as law clerk for Associate Justice Robert H.
Jackson during the Supreme Court's October Terms 1953 and 1954 and, upon the
Justice's death in October 1954, clerked for Associate Justices Felix
Frankfurter and John M. Harlan, successively. Mr. Prettyman subsequently
joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington and left
the firm for a short time to serve as Special Assistant to the Attorney
General and to the White House during the Kennedy Administration.
John D. Fassett, Esq., a native of East Hampton, New York, left college in
1943 to serve in the U.S. Army Corps. After graduating from the University of
Rochester in 1948, Fassett went to work for the Aetna Casualty and Surety
Company in Buffalo. In 1949, Mr. Fassett began studies at Yale Law School,
but in June 1950 he was recalled to military service at the outset of the
Korean War. He returned to Yale in September 1951, became an editor of the
Yale Law Journal, and upon graduation in 1953, was awarded the Robbins Prize
for attaining the highest grades. In June 1953, he became law clerk to
Associate Justice Stanley Foreman Reed and served through the Supreme Court's
October 1953 Term.
"This is truly history in the making," Gregory L. Peterson, Board
President, Robert H. Jackson Center and a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP said.
"Similar to the visit last year by United States Supreme Court Justice William
Rehnquist, the Jackson Center continues to bring together the best and
brightest from the American legal system."
The roundtable begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free to the public. However,
anyone attending the discussion is asked to be inside the Carl Cappa Theater
by 10:00 a.m.
The Robert H. Jackson Center Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in
2001 to celebrate the life and legacy of Jamestown resident and United States
Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. The mission of the Center is to
advance the legacy of Justice Jackson through education, exhibitory, and by
pursuing the relevance of his ideas for our present generation.
For more information about the 50th anniversary events and activities or
to learn more about The Robert H. Jackson Center please visit
www.roberthjackson.org or call 716-483-6646. Event sponsors include Phillips
Lytle, HSBC Bank, National Fuel Gas and the Northern Chautauqua Community
CONTACT: Rebecca E. Farbo
Gregory L. Peterson
SOURCE Phillips Lytle LLP