Hurwitz & Fine participated in the Sixth Annual James Otis Lecture this week, held at the Robert H. Jackson Courthouse in Buffalo, NY, and sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter of ABOTA.

Hon. William M. Skretny opened his courtroom to area high school students from both public and private schools, where a discussion of the topic “Freedom of Expression—Just Do It?” took place. Prior to the event, teachers and attorneys from ABOTA’s Buffalo Chapter prepared their students with an overview of the lecture and the constitution. Yesterday’s opening remarks were made by Judge Skretny; Hugh M. Russ III, Esq., President, Buffalo Chapter, ABOTA; Michael F. Perley, Esq., Buffalo Chapter, ABOTA and Hurwitz & Fine attorney;  and Hon. Hugh B. Scott, United States Magistrate Judge. Students then listened to Jay Skurski, Buffalo News, Buffalo Bills Beat Writer; and Professor Helen A. “Nellie” Drew, take a deeper dive into professional athletes and freedom of expression—most specifically, the current Colin Kaepernick issue. Skurski and Drew spoke on the balance society needs to strike as athletes and others express their views on the issues in our society.

Seated with students were several area judges, who following the morning event, met with students and discussed the program along with the U.S. legal system and constitutional rights.

To watch the event, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbmsYS7aRTM&feature=youtu.be