Here Come the Judges and their WNY Connections

The first Monday in October is traditionally the opening day of the U.S. Supreme Court. This year will be notable because three women will be part of the bench. Buffalo’s connection to the Court starts at the top with John G. Roberts, Jr. who was born in the Queen City on January 20, 1955. He was sworn in as the seventeenth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 20, 1955.

According to a Buffalo News article (12/26/2005) during Roberts’ confirmation hearings, Buffalo’s La Nova Pizza air expressed him some BBQ chicken wings and pizza. The article also reveals that then Supreme Court Justice nominee Samuel A. Alito, Jr. at a White House dinner for his confirmation team , was served “braciole” — rolled, stuffed slices of meat — prepared according to a recipe developed by Sinatra’s Restaurant in Buffalo. Alito also enjoyed a side of baked ziti. A Bush presidential aide from Buffalo served as the conduit for this dinner.

Frewsburg, NY a village just outside of Jamestown boasts a U.S. Supreme Court heavyweight, Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954). Jackson worked as a trial attorney in Jamestown while raising a family and participating in the political arena. He went on to become Solicitor General, Attorney General and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He represented the United States at the London Conference that set up the International Military Tribunal, and served as Chief of Counsel for the United States at the first Nuremberg Trial in 1945 and 1946.

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