Inaugural Program of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States

 September 12, 2011

The IIT Chicago-Kent community was honored to welcome United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer to the law school on September 12 to speak at the inaugural program of our Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States.

In his thought-provoking, 90-minute presentation to students, faculty, alumni and friends, Justice Breyer addressed the themes set forth in his book Making Our Democracy Work—A Judge's View.

Following are highlights from Justice Breyer's visit, his presentation to the law school and his conversations with various news reporters who attended.


Chicago-Kent's YouTube channel features a playlist containing Justice Breyer's talk and audience Q&A session.


Photos of Justice Stephen Breyer's book signing at Chicago-Kent

Photos of Justice Breyer's talk, his book signing and reception are available in:

Chicago-Kent faculty perspectives on Justice Breyer

Prior to Justice Breyer's remarks, the Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent presented a video to the audience recounting aspects of Justice Breyer's years on the Court and featuring commentary by Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Carolyn Shapiro and Ed Lee, integrated with selected audio clips of Justice Breyer's majority opinion announcements, dissents from the bench, and comments and questions during oral arguments.


During his visit to Chicago-Kent, Justice Breyer was interviewed by Phil Ponce for WTTW's Chicago Tonight. The wide-ranging interview aired in three segments:   

  • Part 1 (September 12, 2011)   
  • Part 2 (September 13, 2011)   
  • Part 3 (September 14, 2011)

Justice Breyer's interview with Chicago Public Radio's Alison Cuddy aired on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight on September 13.