As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration the Federalist Society presented a full-day Conference on June 26, 2007, honoring Judge Robert H. Bork and his contributions to the law.
"Something about our moral perceptions and reactions has changed profoundly. If that change is permanent, the implication for our future is bleak." So wrote Judge Bork ten years ago, in Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. In pertinent part, Judge Bork was decrying the rise of radical individualism and radical egalitarianism, and the ways in which the courts effected this philosophical transformation through a distortion of the Constitution and our laws. Has Judge Bork prompted an important discussion about the state of our society, or has he distracted us from other more important business and unnecessarily Balkanized our citizenry? Are the Judge's reflections consistent with the American experiment in self-government? How does Judge Bork seek to strike a balance between freedom and personal responsibility? Are there better alternatives for successful self-government?
Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law
Prof. Robert P. George, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Prof. Ilya Somin, George Mason University School of Law
Moderator: Hon. Daniel E. Troy, Sidley Austin LLP
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