Breyer, Stephen G.


2000 in-person signature on Supreme Court Historical Society program


Type: Signed program

Description: (b. 1938) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court appointed by President Clinton in 1994, known for his pragmatic approach to constitutional law, associated with liberal wing. He was a clerk to Justice Goldberg in the 1964 term, a special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust 1965-67, and an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Task Force in 1973. He was a special counsel to the Senate  Judiciary Committee 1974-75, Committee chief counsel 1979-80. Breyer taught at Harvard Law 1967-94 and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government 1977-80. He was a US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit judge 1980-94, its Chief Judge 1990-94. Breyer has consistently voted in favor of abortion rights and defended the Court’s use of foreign and international law as persuasive (but not binding) authority in its decisions. He is deferential to interests of law enforcement and to legislative judgments in the Court’s First Amendment rulings, and has demonstrated a consistent pattern of deference to Congress. His pragmatism was considered the intellectual counterweight to Justice Scalia’s textualist philosophy.

7 x 5 grey printed program for the Supreme Court Historical Society’s 25th Annual Meeting,  Washington, June 5 2000, Society seal printed at top. Justice Breyer delivered the Annual Lecture on “The Cherokee Indians and the Supreme Court” at the Annual Meeting. Program is inscribed and signed with sentiment on the cover, received in person.

Condition:  Very good

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