“With President Obama’s signature today, our legislation to name Buffalo’s federal courthouse for Western New York’s own Justice Robert H. Jackson has officially become law. I could not be more pleased that this majestic new building, located along the path that Justice Jackson himself walked each day from his home on Johnson Park to the firm in the Ellicott Square building where he practiced law, will bear the name of this man, who has left such a remarkable legacy on our nation’s justice system.
“Justice Jackson is not simply the only Supreme Court Justice to hail from Western New York, he is also remembered by many prominent legal scholars for his eloquent speeches and thoughtful and compelling opinions. Justice Jackson’s work on the Supreme Court was so impressive, in fact, that he was later appointed to serve as the chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials.
“Justice Jackson’s story is a uniquely Western New York story – a uniquely American story – and there is no doubt in my mind that, with his name on our courthouse, his story will continue inspire Western New Yorkers for generations to come.”
In December 2011, Congressman Higgins introduced H.R. 3556, legislation to name Buffalo’s courthouse for Justice Robert H. Jackson, with the full support of the 29-member New York House of Representatives delegation.
In July 2012, this legislation was unanimously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill passed in the U.S. Senate in September 2012.