A Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Presented by the Presidential Distinguished Event Series

In honor of Constitution Day, the Presidential Distinguished Event Series presents a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer that will consider how the Court has used the Constitution to make decisions that impact our nation today. 


Introductory Remarks
Thomas J. LeBlanc, President, George Washington University

Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, George Washington University Law School

Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

About Justice Breyer

Stephen Breyer, born in San Francisco in 1938, is a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard Law School and at the Kennedy School of Government. He has also worked as a Supreme Court law clerk (for Justice Arthur Goldberg), a Justice Department lawyer (antitrust division), an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1980 he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990. In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation, and, Making Democracy Work; A Judge’s View, a book about the Constitution. His most recent book is entitled The Court and the World. His wife, Joanna, was born in Great Britain and is a retired clinical psychologist. They have three children (Chloe, Nell, and Michael) and six grandchildren.