please join us. . .         Saturday, May 14, 2016 


Saturday May 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
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Jay Heritage Center
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580

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Suzanne Clary, Jay Heritage Center

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The Jay Medal Dinner Honoring

Joseph Ellis and Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson


The John Jay Medal for Service recognizes individuals who demonstrate a selfless spirit of commitment and engagement with their community through leadership, education, scholarship, civic advocacy or historic preservation. Please join us for an exceptional evening at the Jay Estate! Help us celebrate the contributions of Historian Joseph Ellis and Environmental Advocate and Law Professor Nicholas A. Robinson

Cocktails in the 1838 Jay Mansion at 6pm

Dinner & Presentation at 7pm

Cocktail Attire

Dinner Co-Chairs: Samuel W. Croll III, Shelby D. Green, 

Charlene Laughlin and Thomas R. Mercein

JHC's first honoree Joseph Ellis, is one of America's leading historians and the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of  Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation. His nuanced portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. Ellis' newest book The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783-1789 restores John Jay to the pantheon of nation builders; Ellis identifies four men, Washington, Hamilton, Madison and Jay as agents of decisive and visionary thinking, executing “the most creative and consequential act of political leadership in American history.’’

Ellis' essays and book reviews appear regularly in national publications, such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Ellis’s commentaries have been featured on CBS, CSPAN, CNN, and the PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and he has appeared in several PBS documentaries on early America, including “John and Abigail Adams” for PBS’s The American Experience and a History Channel documentary on George Washington
Professor Ellis lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ellen, his youngest son, three dogs, and a cat. 

JHC's second honoree is Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson who specializes in comparative and international environmental law. He was Legal Advisor to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 1996-2004, and was an officer of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental law from 1978–2004. He served under five presidents as a US delegate to the bilateral environmental negotiations between the USA and USSR (1974-92), and thereafter was named to the Environmental & Social Advisory Committee to the European Bank for reconstruction & Development (EBRD). He has been an advisor to Singapore and other governments and intergovernmental organizations. He edited and published the traveaux préparatoires for the 1992 Earth Summit, Agenda 21 & The UNCED Proceedings. He was awarded the Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law in 1992. 

In 1978 Prof. Robinson founded the environmental legal education programs at Pace University School of Law, where he is the Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental law Emeritus. For the past decade he has taught international and comparative environmental law at Pace, at Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. From 1995-98, he led the Asian Development Bank’s program to introduce the teaching of environmental law into the law schools of Asia. He subsequently led establishment of the IUCN Academy of Environmental law, the first learned society in this still young field 

In New York State, he was General Counsel and Deputy Commission of the NYS Department of environmental Conservation (1983-85), and thereafter chaired Gov. Mario Cuomo’s environmental advisory board. He previously chaired the NYS Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board, after having authored New York’s wetlands legislation. In 1970-72 he served on the Legal Advisory Committee to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. He and his wife Shelley live in Tarrytown near the Hudson River that he has helped protect these many years.