The Yale Law Journal

February 2016

In Memoriam: Robert A. Burt

15 Feb 2016

Robert A. Burt was a member of the Yale Law School Class of 1964, a Note & Comment Editor for Volume 73 of the Yale Law Journal, and a member of the Yale faculty for thirty-nine years. To honor Professor Burt, the Journal is proud to publish this collection of Tributes to his life, career, and legacy. Unless otherwise noted, each Tribute is adapted from remarks delivered at Professor Burt’s memorial service, at the Yale Law School, on November 1, 2015.


Remarks for Robert Burt

Robert C. Post

author. Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School. The following remarks by Dean Post were delivered at Professor Burt’s funeral. The remaining Tributes are drawn from remarks delivered at a memorial service held at the Yale Law School on November 1…


The Odd Couple

Owen M. Fiss

author. Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale University. In June 1988, Bo traveled to Santiago, Chile. The trip was sponsored by the Fulbright Commission and its stated purpose was to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the United States Constitution. Bo was acco…


Bo Burt: In the Whirlwind of His Own Making

Monroe E. Price

author. Director, Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Bo Burt was multiple conversations in process, so daring in id…


Connecting to What Matters: Remembering Bo Burt

Martha Minow

author. Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. Bo Burt was gentle and passionate; supportive and forceful; larger than life and committed to improving death and dying. I am honored to be here, and to join Linda, Anne and Jessica, and all the fam…


Robert Burt: Repetition and Insistence

Martín Böhmer

author. Professor of Law, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires; Global Professor of Law, NYU Law in Buenos Aires, NYU School of Law. “What’s in a name?” Juliet wished there was nothing in it, but there was Romeo, a Montague. What’s in Bo’s name? It seems that here also the…


Two Dreams

Anthony T. Kronman

author. Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School. The week after Bo died, I dreamt about him twice. The first dream was very short. The second was longer and picked up where the first one left off. I can’t recall ever having had two continuous dreams of this kind before. But …


A Tribute to My Friend, Professor Robert A. Burt

Frank Iacobucci

author. Senior Counsel, Torys LLP; Retired Justice, Supreme Court of Canada. “Please call me Bo.” With those words, spoken some twenty years ago, I was invited into what turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, with no apologies to Humphrey Bogart and Claude Ra…


Insider, Outsider, Robert A. Burt

Andrew David Burt

author. Yale Law School, J.D. 2014; Nephew of Robert A. Burt. My aim here today is to give you a sense of Professor Robert A. Burt—of what he was like as a friend and as a mentor. I’d like to do justice to his role in my life, and in the lives of many others. For Bo, as hi…