Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to speak at Cambridge Public Library


5/15/2017

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to speak at Cambridge Public Library Democracy Day on Saturday, May 20th

CAMBRIDGE, MA - May 15, 2017 – The Cambridge Public Library is excited to announce late-breaking news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will speak as part of the Library’s Democracy Day activities. He is scheduled to speak at 1:15 PM in the Main Library, Lecture Hall, including time for questions.

“It is an honor to have Justice Breyer take part in Democracy Day,” said Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries. “In celebrating the Constitution with our Cambridge community it is quite special to get a visit from a United States Supreme Court Justice.”

Democracy Day is a family oriented event that will center around a public, participatory reading of the Constitution and its amendments. The day also includes a performance by True Story Theater,

a social justice improv group, and children’s activities on the lawn of Joan Lorentz Park. This event is part of the Our Path Forward series presented by the Library to affirm its commitment to public discourse and democracy.

About the Speaker:

Stephen Breyer, born in San Francisco in 1938, is a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.  He 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 (working closely with Senator Edward M. Kennedy to pass the Airline Deregulation Act). 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 Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation, and constitutional law, including Regulation and Its Reform, Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation, Active Liberty, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View and, The Court and the World which was recently published.  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.

For more information about this event visit cambridgepubliclibrary.org.