Stephen Breyer

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Stephen Breyer
Stephen Breyer, SCOTUS photo portrait.jpg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
of the United States
Assumed office
August 3, 1994
Nominated byBill Clinton
Preceded byHarry Blackmun
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
March 1990 – August 3, 1994
Preceded byLevin H. Campbell
Succeeded byJuan R. Torruella
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
December 10, 1980 – August 3, 1994
Nominated byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded bySandra Lynch
Personal details
Born
Stephen Gerald Breyer

(1938-08-15) August 15, 1938 (age 81)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Joanna Hare (m. 1967)
Children3
EducationStanford University (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)

Stephen Gerald Breyer (/ˈbraɪər/; born August 15, 1938) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Breyer is generally associated with the more liberal side of the Court.[1]

Background[change | change source]

Breyer is of Jewish descent.[2] He has been an Associate Justice since 1994. Breyer generally favors a liberal interpretation of the law; he is pro-choice and pro-civil liberties. Breyer had the second-longest tenure as the most junior justice on the bench. Breyer is also the only justice to appear on a quiz show (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me). Before being a judge, he was a professor at Harvard Law School and a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Breyer is an Eagle Scout.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kersch, Ken (2006). Justice Breyer's Mandarin Liberty. 73. University of Chicago Law Review. p. 759. "As his decision to characterize both the New Deal and Warren Courts as centrally committed to democracy and 'active liberty' makes clear, Justice Breyer identifies his own constitutional agenda with that of these earlier courts, and positions himself, in significant respects, as a partisan of midcentury constitutional liberalism.". 
  2. Genealogy records. Ancestry.com