Brooks on Bork: Scholar, public servant, passionate policy voice

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Judge Robert Bork has passed away at the age of 85. A longtime legal scholar, judge, and friend of AEI, he leaves a long legacy as a scholar, a public servant, and a passionate voice in policy.

At AEI, Judge Bork was a visiting scholar and then a resident scholar for many years. He was also the recipient of the 1984 Francis Boyer award, the predecessor to the Irving Kristol award.

To most people, Bork was likely best known as a critic of the Warren Court and a defender of originalism. But perhaps his most lasting legacy is in the field of anti-trust law, where his legal writings and economic analysis of anti-trust, where the view that he developed — that antitrust law should seek to maximize benefits to consumers — has gone from a niche view to one widely accepted by legal scholars. He wrote his seminal work on the topic, "The Antitrust Paradox," while at AEI.

Judge Bork was a brilliant legal scholar and policy thinker, and a great friend to AEI. He will be missed.

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