Stephen Breyer 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 U.S. Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton.
Justice Breyer has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation and most recently Making Democracy Work: A Judge’s View, a book about the Constitution. His wife, Joanna, was born in Great Britain and is a retired clinical psychologist. They have three children (Chloe, Nell and Michael) and five grandchildren.