Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Lands New Job After Serving Decades On The Bench
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 17: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks during an event at the Library of Congress for the 2022 Supreme Court Fellows Program hosted by the Law Library of Congress on February 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. Justice Breyer, who announced he will be retiring on January 27, 2022, has served on the court since 1994. His retirement creates an opportunity for President Joe Biden, who has promised to nominate a Black woman for his first pick to the highest court in the country.
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Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer landed a new job late last week following his 42 years serving as a federal judge.

Breyer is returning to his alma mater, Harvard University, where he has been named the Byrne Professor of Administrative Law and Process at Harvard Law School, effective immediately.

The school said in a statement that Breyer will “teach seminars and reading groups, continue to write books and produce scholarship, and participate in the intellectual life of the school.”

John F. Manning, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, called Breyer a “historic jurist and a world-class legal scholar who also has a distinguished history as a member of this faculty.”

“I am thrilled to welcome him home to Harvard Law School,” Manning added. “His brilliance, experience, collegiality, openness, and intellectual inquisitiveness will deeply enrich our community and advance our mission of teaching, scholarship, and service.”

Breyer said in a statement that he was happy to return to the school and he looks forward to teaching and writing.

“Among other things, I will likely try to explain why I believe it 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,” he said.

News broke back in January that Breyer would be stepping down from his role on the nation’s highest court, which subsequently gave Democrat President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice.

Biden wasted no time in creating controversy during his selection process, stating that he would effectively discriminate by making a selection based on sex and race.

“The person I nominate to replace Justice Breyer will be someone with extraordinary qualifications. Character, experience, and integrity,” Biden said at the time. “And they will be the first black woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”

Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to the nation’s highest court and after surviving her confirmation hearings, she was sworn in last month.

“With a full heart, I accept the solemn responsibility of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States and administering justice without fear or favor, so help me God,” Jackson said in a statement. “I am truly grateful to be part of the promise of our great Nation.”

“I extend my sincerest thanks to all of my new colleagues for their warm and gracious welcome,” she continued.

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