The Federalist Society mourns the passing of Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa. In a coincidence reminiscent of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, these two towering figures in American political thought died on the same day, January 10, 2015.
Walter Berns was a particularly close friend of the Federalist Society, having participated in our first student symposium at Yale Law School in 1982--the first of many--and leant his voice and credibility to the then-fledgling student organization. His and Harry Jaffa's debate over the role of the Declaration of Independence in understanding the Constitution remains a topic of lively discussion among Federalist Society members to this day, one that has enriched our understanding of both documents and of the American Founding. RIP.