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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Discusses His Life and Work at Smithsonian Associates Event

October 11, 2016

Smithsonian Associates presents an exclusive interview with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. N.W. Breyer will discuss his life before and after becoming a Supreme Court justice and his interpretation of the Constitution as a “living” document with NPR’s legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg.

Breyer was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court in 1994 and has worked tirelessly as an integral part of the highest court in the land ever since, earning a reputation for erudition and pragmatism.

He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard Law School and at the Kennedy School of Government. He also worked as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg, as a Justice Department lawyer in the antitrust division, an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor and as a Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, working closely with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to pass the Airline Deregulation Act. In 1980, he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Jimmy Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation and constitutional law.

Ticket prices for the Smithsonian Associates’ presentation are $40 for general admission and $30 for Associate members. For tickets and information, the public may call (202) 633-3030 or visit Breyer’s book The Court and the World (Knopf) will be available for signing after the program.

Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions. Each year more than 750 individual programs are presented to spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages in the Washington, D.C., area and across the country. Smithsonian Associates brings the Smithsonian to life through seminars, performances, lectures, studio arts classes and local and regional study tours, as well as many engaging programs for children, including performances and summer day camps.

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