Stephen Breyer, a former associate justice, is leaving the US Supreme Court for a lucrative position at Harvard University Law School. He will teach the school’s largely liberal student body about the US Constitution once he joins the faculty.
“Justice Breyer will teach seminars and reading groups, continue to write books and produce scholarship, and participate in the intellectual life of the school and in the broader Harvard community,” according to the university.
John F. Manning, a 1985 graduate and the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean Professor of Law, described Justice Breyer as “Justice Breyer is a historic jurist and a world-class legal scholar who also has a distinguished history as a member of this faculty.”
“I am thrilled to welcome him home to Harvard Law School. His brilliance, experience, collegiality, openness, and intellectual inquisitiveness will deeply enrich our community and advance our mission of teaching, scholarship, and service,” the institution said in a statement.
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— Harvard Law School (@Harvard_Law) July 15, 2022
The Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law and Andrew Crespo ’08, who clerked for Justice Breyer, said: “Clerking for him seemed much like a year-long class – more an intimate academic discourse than a job. Some of our kids will benefit tremendously from hearing him describe that experience. And it will be lovely for all of us on the faculty to welcome him home.
Breyer graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. magna cum laude in philosophy. He earned a B.A. with first-class honors from Magdalen College at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.
Breyer later earned a magna cum laude degree from Harvard Law School and worked as the Harvard Law Review’s articles editor. He worked as Justice Arthur Goldberg’s law clerk after graduating from law school in 1964.
Continued the university statement:
Justice Breyer has written extensively on wide-ranging subjects, including administrative and regulatory policy, comparative constitutional law, and statutory and constitutional interpretation.
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His books include: “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics” (2021); “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities” (2015); “Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View” (2010); “Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution” (2005); “Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation” (1994); “Regulation and Its Reform” (1984); and “Energy Regulation by the Federal Power Commission” (1974) (with Paul W. MacAvoy).