Jackson Center To Host Legal Education Seminar

The Robert H. Jackson Center will host a free continuing legal education seminar entitled, “Chautauqua Lake: The Future is Now,” on Tuesday, April 23.

The doors will open for attendees at 8 a.m. Randall J. Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director, and Gregory L. Peterson, a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP in Jamestown and board member at The Robert H. Jackson Center, will begin the program with a welcome and introductions.

The seminar will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a presentation on Estate Taxes and Planning given by Kameron Brooks, partner at Brooks & Brooks, LLP, where he has practiced estate planning, estate administration and tax fields for more than 30 years; and Stephen J. Wright, partner at Wright, Wright & Hampton and member of the Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council. A second program, No Strings Attached: The Importance of Unrestricted Funds will be presented by Peter D. Clark, managing partner of Clark & Whipple, and current president of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, along with Ralph M. Serpe, vice president of development at the Baltimore Community Foundation and founder of the Unrestricted Asset Development Peer Group.

The seminar will conclude with the feature program, “Chautauqua Lake: The Future is Now!” with panelists Mark Geise, deputy director of Planning and Economic Development for Chautauqua County; and Jessie Fisher, director of Greenway Programs and Projects at Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper. Adam Walters, partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is Land, Environment and Energy Practice group leader, will moderate the program.

The program will be immediately followed by a luncheon featuring guest speaker, Jim Lorentz, a former Buffalo Sabre. For six seasons, Lorentz played for the Sabres and scored 134 goals and more than 300 points before retiring from hockey following the 1977-78 season. After a brief stint as the coach of the Buffalo Junior Sabres, Lorentz became a member of the Sabres’ broadcast team, serving as color commentator alongside Buffalo legends Ted Darling and Rick Jeanneret until his retirement in 2007. Lorentz is a member of the Sabres Hall of Fame and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Developed primarily as a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys, the seminar will appeal to a cross-disciplinary audience of lawyers, municipal officials, business leaders, bankers, accountants, financial planners, insurance and investment agencies, non-profit organizations and their board members.

The program is approved for state Continuing Legal Education credit for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys for a maximum of 4.0 credit hours. Phillips Lytle LLP, an accredited provider of continuing legal education in New York, will handle state CLE credit requests.

The seminar and luncheon are free of charge. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. To register, contact Mary Parsons, CLE administrator, at Phillips Lytle LLP by calling 847-5461. For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646 or email info@roberthjackson.org.