Retiring SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer to teach at Harvard Law

Retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his next career move.

The liberal jurist is returning to Harvard Law school, where he received his law degree, to teach, Fox News reported.

Breyer returning to Harvard

Breyer was previously a member of Harvard’s faculty for over a decade before he was tapped by President Carter to serve on the First Circuit Court of Appeals in 1980. President Clinton appointed Breyer to the Supreme Court in 1994.

Harvard said that Breyer, 83, will “teach seminars and reading groups, continue to write books and produce scholarship, and participate in the intellectual life of the school and in the broader Harvard community.”

In a statement, Breyer said he was excited to return to his alma mater as a Byrne Professor of Administrative Law and Process.

“I am very pleased to return to Harvard to teach there and to write,” he said.

“Among other things, I will likely try to explain why I believe it important that the next generations of those associated with the law engage in work, and take approaches to law, that help the great American constitutional experiment work effectively for the American people.”

SCOTUS to consider Harvard policy

Harvard law professor and political commentator Alan Dershowitz said he was “thrilled” that Breyer is returning to Harvard, calling him an expert on American government.

“I can’t imagine anybody more qualified — by his academic experiences, his legislative experience, and his judicial experience — to give students a very broad perspective on how the law works, and how to understand Supreme Court decisions,” Dershowitz said.

Breyer was one of three liberal justices on the Supreme Court when he stepped down on June 30. He said he was honored “to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the Rule of Law.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former clerk of Breyer’s and a fellow Harvard graduate, replaced him.

Justice Breyer retired right as the Supreme Court is set to take up a major affirmative action lawsuit next term against Harvard, which has been accused of discriminating against Asian applicants in its admissions policy.

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