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Breyer on his career, state of the Supreme Court

October 26, 2010 by Robin Morris


Almost 900 people filled the seats of the National Constitution Center’s Grand Hall Overlook to participate in a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and the New York Times’ Adam Liptak. Twelve volunteers and a host of staff oversaw as Breyer, author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View, addressed a range of issues with humor and gravitas, from originalism vs. pragmatism (a.k.a. Breyer v. Scalia) to Roe v. Wade to civil liberties during wartime.


What you might have missed:

  • In response to an audience member asking if he ever thought he would be on the Supreme Court, he said he did not ever see it happening, and added that his father certainly never thought so. Maybe, maybe my mother did.
  • In response to another question on how he felt about Justice Samuel Alito saying he's skipping the next State of the Union, Breyer a) hadn't heard about it and b) was fully intending to go himself.

View the slideshow of the event by clicking on the image below:

You can purchase Liptak and Breyer's book Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’ s View on here.

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