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Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law

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Published on Apr 21, 2011

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.


Judge Bork 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 Constitution. To do otherwise is to allow judges to apply "no will but their own." Judge Bork's work set the stage for decades of debate on judicial philosophy and constitutional interpretation. What has been the real and practical effect of Judge Bork's work on Originalism and constitutional interpretation? Is Originalism an effective bulwark against judicial activism? Or, is the approach just as susceptible to indeterminacy and abuse as any other judicial philosophy?

Welcome and Opening Remarks
--Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law

Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law
--Prof. John C. Harrison, University of Virginia School of Law
--Prof. Kurt T. Lash, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
--Prof. Saikrishna B. Prakash, University of San Diego School of Law
--Prof. Jonathan R. Turley, The George Washington University Law School
--Moderator: Hon. Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation

The Mayflower Hotel,
Washington, DC

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