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Since 1994, the Honorable Stephen Breyer has been one of the nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court. An outstanding student and Eagle Scout from San Francisco, he graduated with honors from Stanford University and attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. After earning his law degree at Harvard, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg. From 1967 to 1994 he taught law and government at Harvard. He served in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department and was an Assistant Special Prosecutor in the Watergate case. He later served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee At Harvard, he became known as an authority on administrative law, writing a number of influential texts on the topic. Appointed to the federal court of appeals by President Jimmy Carter, he earned a reputation as a consensus builder, and a major voice in the reform of federal sentencing guidelines. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to Supreme Court, where he has upheld a pragmatic approach to constitutional law. In his address to the Academy of Achievement at its 1997 Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, he described the decision-making process of the Supreme Court. In this podcast, he also shares his insight into the effect Supreme Court decisions can have upon the lives of ordinary Americans. Justice Breyer has presented a highly readable overview of his views on legal theory in his 2005 book, Active Justice.

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