ON-Lion Letter
As part of its 25th-anniversary celebration, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies will host a full-day conference honoring Judge Robert H. Bork and his career's worth of contributions to the law on June 26 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Bork sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1982 to 1988.  He was the U.S. Solicitor General from 1973 to 1977 and Acting Attorney General in 1973 and 1974.  In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, but the Senate did not confirm him.

He has been one of the nation's leading advocates of the proposition that Constitutional adjudication must be guided by the Framers' original understanding of the document.  In his book The Antitrust Paradox:  A Policy at War with Itself, he maintained that antitrust enforcement had overzealously applied the law in a manner that led to the protection of inefficient firms and the sanctioning of efficient firms, to the ultimate detriment of consumers.  In his Slouching Towards Gomorrah:  Modern Liberalism and American Decline, he wrote, "Something about our moral perceptions and reactions has changed profoundly.  If that change is permanent, the implication for our future is bleak."  And he has been a critic of the ascendancy of international law and its effect on American sovereignty.

In addition to a luncheon conversation with Bork and Judge Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the conference will feature panel discussions on judicial philosophy and originalism, antitrust law and the free market, law and culture, and international law.

Its participating panelists will include, among others:  Prof. Steven G. Calabresi of the Northwestern University School of Law, Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Bradley Prize recipient and Prof. Robert P. George of Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, who also sits on the Bradley Foundation's Board of Directors; Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III of The Heritage Foundation; and former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both the Federalist Society and work of Bork at the Hudson Institute, where he is now a distinguished fellow.

Registration for the conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m., can be completed online.
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