The Federalist Society mourns the loss of Judge James Buckley, who died August 18, 2023, at age 100. Below, we will be posting some remembrances from people who knew him.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 24 at 10:00am, at St. Bernard's Church in Sharon, CT.
"James Buckley lived an extraordinary life. After a successful life in business, he was a third party U.S. Senator, served as President of Radio Free Europe, as an undersecretary of state, and as a U.S Court of Appeals judge. Thus he held extremely high positions in all three branches of government. As a Senator, he was the lead plaintiff in the landmark case Buckley v. Valeo, which established central constitutional propositions regarding presidential power, campaign finance, and the freedom of speech. What is so striking is that he started his service in government with a deep understanding of the Constitution and the structure of our government, which he demonstrated during that service and drew on, refined, and expounded in speeches and books after his retirement. Through it all, he was unfailingly kind, polite, and ever the gentleman."
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