The American Law Institute 87th Annual Meeting, May 17-19, 2010. Washington, D.C.

Stephen G. Breyer

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen G. Breyer, a native of San Francisco, graduated from Stanford University with highest honors in 1959, then spent two years in England studying philosophy, politics, and economics as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University’s Magdalen College. In 1964, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. After a year as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, he served for two years as Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the United States Department of Justice. In 1967 he returned to Harvard as an Assistant Professor of Law and became a full Professor in 1970, specializing in antitrust and administrative law. His growing interest in law and economics and regulatory reform led to a joint appointment to Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1977 to 1980. Justice Breyer’s years at Harvard were interrupted by several periods of government service: as Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973, as Special Counsel for the Administrative Practices Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1974-1975, and as Chief Counsel to the Judiciary Committee in 1979-1980. Justice Breyer was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter in 1981 and became its Chief Judge in 1990. President Clinton appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1994.

A leading authority on administrative law, Justice Breyer served as Judicial Conference Representative to the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1981 to 1994. He has been a Visiting Lecturer on Antitrust Law at the University of Sydney College of Law, a Lecturer at the Salzburg Seminar, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome. His numerous publications include Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation (Harvard University Press 1993) and Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution (Knopf 2005). In 2008, Justice Breyer received the Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize, which recognizes one individual each year whose work “exemplifies outstanding standards of professional conduct, promotes the advancement of justice, and brings credit to the profession by emphasizing in the public mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our democratic system of government.”

An Institute member since 1977, Justice Breyer is married to Joanna Hare who works as a clinical psychologist. They have three children and five grandchildren. The Justice enjoys bicycling, jogging, cooking, and reading.

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