Robert H. Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center

Chautauqua Institution's 11th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court


Laurence H. Tribe

Laurence H. Tribe,
the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University

Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Chautauqua Institution
Hall of Philosophy

Laurence H. Tribe is leading scholar, teacher and writer on the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Court, and constitutional law and history. He also is a leading courtroom advocate, including before the Supreme Court, where he has argued 35 cases. He also helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands. Professor Tribe has taught at Harvard since 1968. His current position, University Professor, is Harvard’s highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 75 professors in Harvard’s history. Born in China to Russian Jewish parents, Tribe entered Harvard in 1958 at 16; he graduated summa cum laude in Mathematics in 1962 and magna cum laude in Law in 1966. He clerked for Justice Mathew Tobriner of the California Supreme Court and then for Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Tribe received tenure at Harvard at age 30 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at 38, and to the American Philosophical Society in 2010. He has received 11 honorary degrees, most recently from Columbia University. In 2010, President Obama appointed Tribe to serve in the U.S. Department of Justice as the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice. Professor Tribe has written 115 books and articles, including his landmark treatise, American Constitutional Law. His most recent book, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution (with Joshua Matz), is being published in paperback this June.

Save the Date: 9th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs


The Robert H. Jackson Center announces the 9th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs scheduled for Monday August 31st-Tuesday September 1st at Chautauqua Institution. This year's theme will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre and the 70th anniversary of the opening commencement of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuremburg.

The Law Dialogs are a historic gathering of are a historic gathering of the current and former prosecutors at international war crimes tribunals and renowned academics and law experts. This unique two-day event allows participants and the public to engage in a meaningful dialogue about issues related to modern international criminal law. Read more....

2015 Summer Interns


2015 Summer Interns

This summer, the Robert H. Jackson Center welcomes six interns; Thomas Campion from Hobart College, Ryan Schutte from Dickinson College, Megan Feeney, Ashley Mulryan and Emily Rajakovich from Allegheny College and 2015 Jackson Fellow, Molly White from Syracuse University College of Law.

The Summer Internship Program is a vital part of the Center’s educational programming, allowing students to learn about the life of Robert H. Jackson, the work of the Jackson Center, and the operations of a nonprofit organization. The Center encourages each intern to take an active role through hands-on learning opportunities in research and collections, educational initiatives, public programs and non-profit management. Please join us in welcoming our class of 2015 summer interns over the next few weeks as we introduce you to each student and share with you their personal reflection on Justice Jackson’s legacy.


Megan Feeney, Allegheny College

Welcome Megan Feeney!
Megan Feeney, Phoenix Arizona, is a rising junior at Allegheny College studying Political Science, with minors in History and Religious Studies. Megan will spend her summer cataloging the photographs and documents within the Robert H. Jackson Center Archive. Jackson’s opinion regarding West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette continues to play a significant role within the modern American political system. The court’s decision protects students from facing expulsion when failing to salute or pledge allegiance to the American Flag. While this case contained a religious component, pertaining to the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the ruling emphasizes the First Amendment right regarding freedom of speech. Jackson’s involvement helped to instill the importance of defending individual liberties, even over the desire for national unity.