Retired Judge Stephen Breyer Joins Harvard Law School
Retired judge Stephen Breyer gets a different title: professor.
Harvard said Friday that Breyer, who retired from the Supreme Court on June 30, was joining its law school. Breyer graduated from law school and first joined the Harvard faculty in 1967. He continued to teach at Harvard after becoming a federal appeals judge in 1980 until the former President Bill Clinton nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1994.
Harvard said in a statement that Breyer “will teach seminars and reading groups, continue to write books and produce scholarships, and participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard school and community at wider”.
Breyer, 83, does not yet have any courses listed in Harvard’s online course catalog. However, the school said his appointment as Byrne Professor of Administrative Law and Procedure would be effective immediately. Breyer is a longtime expert in administrative law, the law surrounding government agencies, and co-author of a textbook on the subject.
Harvard’s announcement included a statement from Breyer. “I’m very happy to be returning to Harvard to teach and write there,” he said. “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 work effectively for the American people. ”
Breyer did not say what else he might do in retirement. A 1937 law allows retired Supreme Court justices to continue to hear and decide cases in lower federal courts, a practice called “sitting by appointment.” Breyer didn’t say if that’s something he would do.