The school announced on Friday that Stephen Breyer, an alumni of the college, has returned to teach, write, and encourage students who are interested in law. It is the recently retired Justice’s first appointment since stepping down from the Supreme Court.
Breyer has been named the Byrne Professor of Administrative Law and Process, effective immediately, according to the school’s announcement.
As part of his new position, he 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.”
Breyer said of the appointment, ““I am very pleased to return to Harvard to teach there and to write. 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.”
It will not be Breyer’s first time teaching at Harvard. He was a member of faculty from 1967 to 1980 and held numerous public service positions during that time.
He was then appointed to the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1994.