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Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Return to Teaching at Harvard

Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Return to Teaching at Harvard

“Breyer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1964”

Good for him for wanting to stay active in retirement. I’m sure he will have a lot to share with students.

The College Fix reports:

Justice Breyer returns to teach at Harvard

Justice Stephen Breyer will return to teach at Harvard in the fall following his Supreme Court retirement, according to a July 15 Harvard news release.

Justice Breyer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1964 and was an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review, according to the university news release. He served on the Harvard Law School faculty from 1967 to 1980 and held a joint appointment at the Kennedy School of Government from 1977 to 1980.

In one of his last cases before his retirement on June 30, Breyer dissented from the June 21 Carson v. Makin ruling, a landmark school choice case, which compelled the state of Maine to stop excluding religious schools from a public tuition assistance program.

Breyer (pictured), served 42 years as a federal judge and 27 on the Supreme Court.

In his new role, Breyer will serve as the Byrne Professor of Administrative Leave and Process, held jointly with Professor Todd Rakoff.

“I am very pleased to return to Harvard to teach there and to write,” Breyer stated in the release. “Among other things, I will likely try to explain why I believe it is important that the next generations of those associated with the law engage in work, and take approaches to law, that help the great American constitutional experiment work effectively for the American people.”

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,” the release continued.

“From his pioneering work on deregulation to his ongoing writings about judicial method, Justice Breyer has been one of the most influential contributors to American law and policy for decades,” Martha Minow, former dean of Harvard Law School, stated in the release.

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Comments

henrybowman | July 20, 2022 at 1:59 pm

“Good for him for wanting to stay active in retirement. I’m sure he will have a lot to share with students.”

A liberal justice tapped to indoctrinate Harvard students?
Wow, however could this happen? The world turned upside down!

At least he didn’t have to claim to be a Cherokee.

Can he replace Warren? Just for laughs, anyway.

If you listen to any of Justice Beyer’s speeches, he is not someone who indoctrinates. I think he would probably use the Socratic method. I also believe he is a good listener.

Unlike many faculty, he has the self-confidence to not be intimidated into voicing the party line. I am sure that he would be the first to remark that many of the demands of minority students at Harvard and some of the steps taken by the central administration are clear violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. I trust that Beyer will know discrimination when he sees it.

Justic Beyer comes out the 1960s, when the faculty tradition was to produce independent thinkers rather than easily-programmable social justice warriors.

    henrybowman in reply to lawgrad. | July 21, 2022 at 2:21 am

    All that says is that he belongs to the same generation who are now programming those social justice warriors.

He is the epitome of the paradox that a brilliant man can be stupid.