Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Rest in Peace, Bo Burt


My colleague Robert Burt passed away yesterday, August 3, while on vacation in the Berkshires.  An announcement from Yale Law School is here.

Bo was a wonderful colleague, and scholar of great erudition, who worked on many different issues, including the law of doctor-patient relations, psychoanalysis and law, bioethics, constitutional theory, and religion.  One of his most important contributions to constitutional theory was his 1992 book, The Constitution in Conflict, which anticipated many themes of the subsequent literature on the Constitution outside the courts and the critique of judicial supremacy. He thought deeply about religious belief and culture, and conducted a famous course on the book of Job with Rabbi Jim Ponet at the law school.  Out of that course came his 2012 book, In the Whirlwind: God and Humanity in Conflict.

Bo was a lovely man, and such a integral part of the Yale Law School community for so many years. It is difficult to believe that he is gone.

We will miss him terribly.

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