Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer back at Harvard Law School – NBC Boston

Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has returned to Harvard Law School to teach as a professor, the university announced Friday.

Breyer both attended Harvard Law — graduating in 1964 — and taught there. He will teach seminars, write books, find scholarships and contribute to the intellectual community of the university, according to the announcement of Harvard Law Today.

“I’m very excited to be returning to Harvard to teach and write there,” Breyer told the publication. “Among other things, I will probably try to explain why I think it is important that future generations of those associated with the law engage in work and adopt approaches to law that help the great American constitutional experiment to function effectively for the American people.”

Breyer resigned from the Supreme Court last month, after more than 27 years on the bench there, and helped swear in his successor, Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Ketanji Brown Jackson made history Thursday after being sworn in as the first black female Supreme Court justice.

In his time on the pitch, he was an active and cheerful questioner in arguments, a frequent and quick public speaker with a joke, often at his own expense.

Breyer has published books on administrative policy and constitutional law and interpretation, as well as law journals covering a wide range of topics. He was appointed to the Byrne Chair, a chair once held by another person who went to the Supreme Court, Felix Frankfurter, according to Harvard Law Today.

Harvard Law School Dean John Manning said he was delighted to welcome the “world-class jurist” back.

“His genius, experience, collegiality, openness and intellectual curiosity will deeply enrich our community and advance our mission of teaching, scholarship and service,” Manning said in a statement.

Breyer graduated from Stanford University and Oxford University before attending Harvard Law School, where he worked on the law review. He then became clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, then returned to Harvard Law from 1967 to 1980, where he served on the faculty and also served as Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General. United for Antitrust and Special Advisor to the US Senate Judiciary. Committee.

Sources tell NBC News that Justice Stephen Breyer will retire from the Supreme Court after serving more than 27 years on the bench.

Jon J. Epps