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STEPHEN G.BREYER was born August 15, 1938, in San

Francisco. He was graduated from Stanford University in 1959
and traveled to Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship
where he received a B.A. from Magdalen College in 1961.
Breyer earned an LL.B from Harvard Law School in 1964. He
served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Arthur J.
Goldberg of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1964 Term.
From 1965 to 1967 Breyer worked in the U.S. Department of
Justice as a special assistant to the Assistant U.S.
Attorney for Antitrust, Donald F. Turner. In 1967 Breyer
began his academic career at Harvard Law School, where he
taught until 1994. He also taught at the Harvard University
Kennedy School of Government from 1977-1980. In 1973
Breyer returned to Washington, D.C., as an assistant
special prosecutor in the Watergate investigation. He
stayed on for the following two years as special counsel to
the Administrative Practices Subcommittee of the Senate
Judiciary Committee. In 1979 he served for two years as
chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. President
Jimmy Carter appointed Breyer to the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit in 1980 and he became its Chief Judge
in 1990. He served as a member of the U.S. Sentencing
Commission from 1985-1989. The following year Breyer became
a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
On May 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Breyer
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He took the oath of
office on August 3, 1994.