Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was born in 1938, in San Francisco, California. He is a US Army veteran and the son of a lawyer and holds degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. He worked for the US Attorney General's Office in the 1960s and on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973. Breyer taught law at Harvard and in Sydney, Australia, and Rome, Italy. He is a Bill Clinton appointee. He replaced Harry Blackmun, author of the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, in 1994. On January 27, 2022, he announced his intention to retire from SCOTUS in June, at the end of the Court's term. His announcement garnered more attention than usual, as Joe Biden promised that the seat would go towards appointing the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. His successor was later revealed as Ketanji Brown Jackson.
“”Through commerce, through globalization, through the spread of democratic institutions, through immigration to America, it's becoming more and more one world of many different kinds of people. And how they're going to live together across the world will be the challenge, and whether our Constitution and how it fits into the governing documents of other nations, I think will be a challenge for the next generation.
- Breyer dissent in Bush v. Gore
- Breyer dissent in wiretapping case
- Breyer dissent in legislative prayer case