Peers remember with admiration and affection Judge Robert H. Bork, who died Wednesday at 85.
“Robert Bork was one of the most influential legal scholars of the past 50 years. His impact on legal thinking in the fields of Antitrust and Constitutional Law was profound and lasting. More important for the final accounting, he was a good man and a loyal citizen,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said.
The Federalist Society called Judge Bork “a legal giant, and a man of unsurpassed integrity, intellect, courage, and kindness. Since the inception of the Federalist Society he has been a very special friend, inspiration, and intellectual guiding light. Our nation owes Judge Bork an enormous debt of gratitude for his irrepressible and forceful defense of the Constitution as it was written and understood by our Founding Fathers, pioneering a jurisprudence of original meaning that has had enormous influence in the legal academy as well as in the courts.”
“He was a great teacher and a wise judge. He was a penetrating and influential writer, a formidable advocate and a captivating speaker. Through it all Robert Bork has had a profound impact on American jurisprudence. And he has earned the country’s admiration and its thanks,” observed A. Raymond Randolph, senior circuit judge in the
U.S. Court of Appeals, who was also an adviser to Judge Bork during his Supreme Court confirmation.
“Judge Bork, like St. Thomas More, was a man for all seasons, who towered over all of his contemporaries,” said Steven G. Calabresi, a one-time law clerk to Judge Bork and his biographer, now a professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Brown University.
“Judge Bork revolutionized constitutional law with his writings on originalism, and he revolutionized antitrust law with his writings on law and economics. Judge Bork helped critically in the founding of the Federalist Society, and his career combined the life of the mind with the life of action,” Mr. Calabresi continued. “His path-breaking books together with his service as Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General during the Watergate scandal and as one of President Ronald Reagan’s Supreme Court nominees transformed American law. Judge Bork was an inspiration and mentor.”