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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States - Panelist Blurb

Born in San Francisco in 1938, Stephen Breyer is an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard Law School and at the Kennedy School of Government.  He has also worked as a Supreme Court law clerk (for Justice Arthur Goldberg), a Justice Department lawyer (antitrust division), an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee (working closely with Senator Edward M. Kennedy to pass the Airline Deregulation Act).

In 1980, Breyer was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990.  In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton.

He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation, and constitutional law, including Regulation and Its Reform, Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation, Active Liberty, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View and The Court and the World.  His wife, Joanna, was born in Great Britain and is a retired clinical psychologist.  They have three children (Chloe, Nell, and Michael) and five grandchildren.