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A Republic - If You Can Keep It

Posted By Todd Thurman On October 15, 2008 @ 11:12 am In Legal | Comments Disabled

 Tonight, The Heritage Foundation will host Judge Robert Bork as part of our Jospeh Story Distinguished Lecture Series. RSVP to the event here [1].

 The Center for Legal and Judicial Studies is honored to host Judge Robert Bork as the inaugural speaker of our aptly named Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture Series. The namesake of the series – the eminent jurist Joseph Story – became the youngest Associate Justice ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court when he was appointed by President Madison in 1812. Story made a significant mark on American law in his 33 years on the bench, but his greatest contribution to jurisprudence is his renowned Commentaries on the Constitution [2], in which he set forth a philosophy of judicial restraint. Story famously declared: “A constitution of government is addressed to the common sense of the people and never was designed for trials of logical skill or visionary speculation.” It is therefore particularly fitting that Judge Bork, a preeminent advocate of judicial restraint and eloquent opponent of visionary speculation, should offer his thoughts on the judiciary to launch this new marquee lecture series.

Judge Bork will speak at 5:00PM EST. Watch it live here [3].

As Heritage research associate Deborah O’ Malley recently wrote [4]:

Some Supreme Court justices have taken to using international law as a reference point to interpret provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh applauds the practice, hailing these justices for ushering in the dawn of a “transnationalist jurisprudence.”

Judge Bork is a leader in advocating Judicial Restraint and we are priveledged to have him speak.


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[1] here: http://www.heritage.org/press/events/ev101508a.cfm

[2] Commentaries on the Constitution: http://www.amazon.com/Commentaries-Constitution-Joseph-Story/dp/0890893144/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224083184&sr=8-1

[3] here: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/a-republic-event.cfm

[4] wrote: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed100908a.cfm

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