Harvard College has introduced the appointment of retired Justice Stephen Breyer to the Byrne Professor of Administrative Legislation and Course of at Harvard Legislation College. In response to the announcement, the appointment is efficient instantly.
Justice Breyer has written extensively on quite a lot of authorized subjects, together with administrative and regulatory coverage, comparative constitutional regulation, and statutory and constitutional interpretation.
The appointment represents a return for Breyer to Harvard the place he was each a scholar and a regulation faculty school member beforehand. He earned his A.B. magna cum laude in philosophy from Stanford College, and as a Marshall Scholar, he acquired a B.A. from Magdalen Faculty at Oxford College with firstclass honors.
Breyer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Legislation College the place he was an articles editor on the Harvard Legislation Evaluate. Breyer served on the Harvard Legislation College school from 1967 to 1980 and held a joint appointment on the Kennedy College of Authorities from 1977 to 1980.
The Byrne chair, which Breyer will now maintain alongside Professor Todd Rakoff ’75, was beforehand held by Justice Felix Frankfurter from 1924 till his appointment to the Supreme Court docket in 1939.
“Justice Breyer is a historic jurist and a world-class authorized scholar who additionally has a distinguished historical past as a member of this school,” stated John F. Manning ’85, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Legislation. “I’m thrilled to welcome him house to Harvard Legislation College. His brilliance, expertise, collegiality, openness, and mental inquisitiveness will deeply enrich our neighborhood and advance our mission of educating, scholarship, and repair.”
In response to Harvard, Justice Breyer will train seminars and studying teams, proceed to jot down books and produce scholarship, and take part within the mental lifetime of the college and within the broader Harvard neighborhood.
As a part of the announcement, Justice Breyer included the next assertion: “I’m more than happy to return to Harvard to show there and to jot down. Amongst different issues, I’ll doubtless attempt to clarify why I consider it necessary that the following generations of these related to the regulation interact in work, and take approaches to regulation, that assist the nice American constitutional experiment work successfully for the American folks.”
In 1980, President Carter appointed Breyer to the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the First Circuit, the place he served from 1980 to 1994. He was chief decide from 1990 to 1994. In 1994, President Clinton nominated Decide Breyer as an affiliate justice of the Supreme Court docket, a place he assumed on August 3, 1994. He retired from the bench this June, and on his final day in workplace swore in his former regulation clerk — Ketanji Brown Jackson — to take his place on the bench, turning into the nation’s first Black feminine justice.