Born August 15, 1938 in San Francisco, Breyer's father served as legal counsel, and his brother is now a federal district judge. Breyer attended and received degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. After law school, he acted as a law clerk for former Justice Aurther Goldberg and also assisted an Assistant Attorney General. He helped the Warren Commission and the investigative team in Watergate. Until 1994, he worked as a professor at Harvard Law School.