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Robert Heron Bork

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Robert Heron Bork, American law educator, retired federal judge. Bar: Illinois 1953, District of Columbia 1977. Recipient Francis Boyer award American Enterprise Institute, 1984, Henry Salvatori prize Intercollegiate Services Institute, 1998. With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1945-1946, 50-52. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science; member Federalist Society (co-chairman, board trustees).


Bork, Robert Heron was born on March 1, 1927 in Pittsburgh. Son of Harry Philip and Elizabeth (Kunkle) Bork.


Bachelor, University Chicago, 1948. Juris Doctor, University Chicago, 1953. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Creighton University, 1975.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Notre Dame Law School, 1982. Doctor of Humane Letters, Wilkes-Barre College, 1976. Juris Doctor (honorary), Brooklyn Law School, 1984.

Doctor of Theology, DeSales School Theology, 1990. Doctor of Laws honoris causa, Adelphi University, 1990.


Associate, then partner Kirkland, Ellis, Hodson, Chaffetz & Masters, Chicago, 1955-1962. Associate professor Yale Law School, 1962-1965, professor law, 1965-1975, on leave, 1973-1975. Solicitor general United States Department Justice, Washington, 1973-1977, acting attorney general, 1973-1974.

Chancellor Kent professor law Yale Law School, 1977-1979, Alexander M. Bickel professor public law, 1979-1981. Partner Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, 1981-1982. Judge The United States of America Court Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit), 1982—1988.

Resident scholar American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, 1977, adjunct scholar, 1977-1982, John M. Olin scholar in legal studies, 1988-1999, senior fellow, 2000—2003. Distinguished fellow Hudson Institute, since 2003. Professor law Ave Maria School Law, 2000—2003.

Member, trustee Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1973-1978. Nominated for position associate justice Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1987, confirmation denied by United States Senate. Tad and Dianne Taube Distinguished visiting fellow Hoover Institution, 2003.


  • Bar: Illinois 1953, District of Columbia 1977.



With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1945-1946, 50-52. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Federalist Society (co-chairman, board trustees).


Married Claire Davidson, June 15, 1952 (deceased 1980). Children: Robert Heron, Charles E., Ellen E. Married Mary Ellen Pohl, October 30, 1982.

Harry Philip Bork

Elizabeth (Kunkle) Bork

Claire Davidson

Mary Ellen Pohl

Robert Heron Bork

Charles E. Bork

Ellen E. Bork