Breyer and Gorsuch join to promote education about the Constitution


By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has become the honorary co-chair of a nonpartisan group dedicated to education about the Constitution, joining Justice Neil Gorsuch at a time of intense political polarization and growing skepticism about the independence of the court.

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia said Thursday that Breyer and Gorsuch, who have served since 2019, will serve as spokespersons for civic education and civility in politics.

The judges’ decision to work together “is particularly meaningful during this polarized time,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the center.

Breyer, 84, retired at the end of June after nearly 28 years as a judge. Her seat was taken by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the High Court’s first black woman.

Breyer has been a consistent voice for seeing the court as something other than “politicians in robes,” even as the court handed down a series of rulings topped by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Gorsuch was in the majority and Breyer was a dissenter.

“Despite strong disagreements on the court, Justices Breyer and Gorsuch, like all of their colleagues, unite around a common belief that good citizenship is necessary for the future of the republic,” Rosen said.

Breyer said last week at an attorneys’ convention in Chicago that he remains optimistic about the US legal system.

In a statement, he said, “The nonpartisan work of the National Constitution Center is essential, and I look forward to working with Justice Gorsuch to promote civil dialogue and debate.”

Breyer will also resume teaching at Harvard Law School.

Past presidents at the center have included President Joe Biden, who resigned when he launched his presidential campaign in 2019, and former presidents Bill Clinton and George HW Bush.

The center’s headquarters in Philadelphia is near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Constitution was written.


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