Remembering my First Law Teacher: Walter Berns 1919-2015

Robert Howse, Prawfsblog, January 11, 2015.


Walter Berns, with whom I studied American constitutional law as undergraduate, passed away Saturday.   He was a student of Leo Strauss, and a conservative, who supported capital punishment and opposed transnational governance.  Even if, as I argue in my recent book, Strauss himself was not a real conservative, there could be no doubt of Berns’ credentials in that regard.  His views may have tested more than once my openness to learning from those with whom I disagreed, but he was–quite simply–a great teacher.