Stephen Breyer

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.

-Sera Greco & Meredith Pyrich

Background

Education:

  • Graduated from Lowell High School and is a member of the Lowell Forensic Society.
  • Received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School.

Career:

  • From 1980 to 1994, Breyer was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1990 to 1994.

Public Service:

  • Served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg during the 1964 term.
  • An assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973.
  • A lecturer, assistant professor and law professor at Harvard Law School starting in 1967 and taught until 1994.

Religious Background:

  • Judaism

Political Orientation:

  • Democratic

Judicial Ideology:

  • In favor of abortion rights.
  • Pragmatic and liberal and believes in the Living Constitution.

Significant Cases:

  • Illinois V. Lidster
  • Eldred V. Ashcroft

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