Justice Breyer speaks at Yale Law School

Yale University campus (file).
Yale University campus (file).


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer gave a talk Wednesday at Yale Law School. His appearance in New Haven comes a few days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Cheers welcomed Justice Breyer when he stepped up to the podium but were soon followed but quiet as he asked for a moment for silence in memory of Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Justice Scalia, who was a good friend, and really a life force at the court,” said Justice Breyer. “We’re all sad at this moment.”

Most of Justice Breyer’s remarks appeared to be intended for legal scholars as he spent most of his time discussing the theme of his most recent book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.

“I’ve seen change,” said Justice Breyer. “The change, I think one of the changes and perhaps the most remarkable change, is the change in the number of cases that require a judge to know something beyond our shores in order to make a sensible decision on the case.”

For student Nicholas Girard of Stafford, hearing Justice Breyer in person was a humbling experience he won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

“Its amazing to see that these people can just come and talk to students,” said Girard.

In attendance at the talk was the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court, Aharon Barak.

Breyer was appointed to the high court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. He taught law at Harvard Law School and at the Kennedy School of Government and worked as a Justice Department attorney before becoming a federal judge.

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