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Robert H. Bork

Former Distinguished Fellow, 1927 - 2012

Hudson Institute mourns the loss of Distinguished Fellow Judge Robert Bork. He passesd away on December 19, 2012. He was 85.

"Robert Bork was a giant, a brilliant and fearless legal scholar, and a gentleman whose incredible wit and erudition made him a wonderful Hudson colleague," said Hudson President and CEO Kenneth Weinstein. "He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at Hudson Institute."

Judge Bork served as Solicitor General from 1973 to 1977; acting Attorney General from 1973 to 1974; and Circuit Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1982 to 1988.  He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on July 1, 1987. Confirmation was denied by the Senate on October 23 of that year.  In February 1988 he resigned as Circuit Judge and joined the American Enterprise Institute from which he resigned in November 2003.  Judge Bork served as the Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Public Law at YaleLawSchool from 1962 to 1981 with time off to serve as Solicitor General. He is currently a professor at the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Tad and Diane Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Bork obtained both his J.D. and his B.A. from the University of Chicago.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute published Judge Bork’s latest book, "A Time to Speak." This book is a collection of Judge Bork’s writings, oral arguments, briefs, and opinions spanning his legal career. The book is available for purchase here.

Encounter Books will publish Bork’s latest book Saving Justice: Watergate, The Saturday Night Massacre and Other Adventures of a Solicitor General in May 2013.

He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Slouching Towards Gomorrah:  Modern Liberalism and American Decline(1996), reissued with an afterword (2003) and The Tempting of America:  The Political Seduction of the Law(1990). He also authored The Antitrust Paradox (second edition 1993). His most recent book, Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges (2003), examines judicial activism and the practice of many courts, national and international, that decide matters not committed to their authority. He has written numerous magazine, newspaper, and law review articles.

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