Months after his decision to step down from the U.S. Supreme Court was announced earlier this year, now-retired Justice Stephen Breyer is set to join the faculty of Harvard Law School, his alma mater and place of previous employment, as Fox News reports.
According to Harvard, Breyer will “teach seminars and reading groups,” while also continuing to engage in original scholarship, write new books, and “participate in the intellectual life of the school” and the “broader Harvard community.”
As of yet, there are no classes taught by Breyer listed in the school’s online course guide, but given that his appointment was to the post of “Byrne Professor of Administrative Law and Process,” it appears likely that his focus area will be the law of government agencies, a realm in which he is known to be particularly well-versed, as Fox News further noted.
Notably, the first time Breyer accepted a position on the law school’s faculty was back in 1967, and he maintained his teaching role at the school even after ascending to the federal appeals bench in 1980, but ultimately left the position behind after his appointment to the nation’s highest court in 1994.
Commenting on his return to academia, the 83-year-old jurist remarked, “I am very pleased to return to Harvard to teach there are 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 the law, that help the great American constitutional experiment work effectively for the American people.”
Though Breyer’s retirement announcement was not terribly surprising in and of itself, given his advanced age, the manner in which the move was made public earlier this year did come as something of a shock, and it was widely believed that a White House leak designed to ensure President Joe Biden’s ability to swiftly nominate a successor was to blame, as Breitbart reported at the time.
Well before the first news stories broke regarding Breyer’s impending departure from the court, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain had apparently already informed Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) of the situation, something which effectively denied the long-serving justice from going out on his own terms and on his own time.
That mode of announcement bolstered the suspicions of many that the liberal stalwart justice ultimately succumbed to a retirement pressure campaign mounted by far-left activist groups – such as Demand Justice – who were determined to see the next open seat on the high court filled by Biden so as to preserve ideological balance on the panel.
The progressives’ push for Breyer’s departure panned out exactly as planned, with Biden ultimately nominating for the spot a left-wing favorite, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was ultimately confirmed and sworn in to fill what may have been a somewhat grudgingly created vacancy.