The Robert H. Jackson Center was filled with lawyers, legal professionals and several local dignitaries Tuesday as the Continuing Legal Education Seminar officially ended following a presentation titled ''Estates ... Here and After.''
Chautauqua County Surrogate Judge Stephen W. Cass gave a presentation about common problems with Surrogate Court, in addition to other speakers covering a wide range of topics all involving the legal side of estates and the last stretch of a human's life.
The program was initially developed primarily as a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys, but appealed to a cross-disciplinary audience of lawyers, business leaders, bankers and insurance and investment company professionals.
Former NFL player Steve Christie took time Tuesday to explain the inspiration behind his latest painting to Randall Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director .
P-J photo by Robert Rizzuto
According to staff members at the center, Tuesday's seminar drew 65 professionals, many of whom may have been there not only for the nuggets of knowledge, but to meet a former National Football League star and Buffalo Bills place kicker.
Canadian-born Steve Christie, who lives in Ellicottville, was present, offering autographed prints of one of his latest paintings.
Many people probably don't know that Christie enjoys painting, and Tuesday he explained he was kicking around ideas for his creative pieces before he was kicking a NFL football.
''I studied art in college and really enjoyed it,'' he said. ''I have a number of daughters at home who can keep me busy, but I like to do it whenever I can.''
Christie donated a painting Tuesday to be given away to one participant of the Continuing Legal Education Seminar. A membership to the Town Club was also a prize, among several other items and services all donated by local businesses and organizations.
Christie said that it wasn't totally random to find him in a room of legal professionals.
''No too many people know I came from a family of legal professionals,'' he said. ''I was the black sheep who decided to go play football.''
Christie also accepted a $1,000 check for Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. The Rochester-based non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families affected by cancer.
The retired NFL player said he has been donating to the group ever since he started playing with the Buffalo Bills.
''When I signed with the Bills, I came on for Scott Norwood, who was already donating them money for every field goal he made,'' Christie said. ''The PR person for the Bills then asked me if I wanted to continue doing this and after I met a couple of the kids, I was in.''
The $1,000 was donated jointly by BWB, the Vinyard Group and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
The next event associated with the center will take place this morning in Warren, Pa.
The Honorable Sen. Arlen Specter will be the special guest at A Tribute to Justice Robert H. Jackson to be held in the Robert Jackson Courtroom in the Warren County Courthouse, Warren, Pa.
The event takes place at 10:30 a.m., and the program is open to the public without charge.