Justice Stephen G. Breyer is step out of the nation’s highest courtbut he is still a member of another board of directors.
Justice Breyer has served as a juror on the panel of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s largest honor, since 2011.
Supreme Court justices often seek to keep their personal interests secret, in part to combat the perception that they may be biased in one case or another. But some have made their passion public: Two ideologically opposing judges, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, bond about their shared love of opera. (An opera, “Scalia / Ginsburg“It was even written about their relationship.)
Justice Breyer’s move to begin serving on a jury in 2011 made clear his enduring interest in buildings. While never studying architecture while on the council, Justice Breyer helped come up with the right design for the federal court in Boston and wrote the foreword to a book called “Celebrating Courts: A Guide for Architects, their Clients and the Public. ”
As of Thursday, the Pritzker Architecture Prize of website still lists Justice Breyer, 83, as one of nine jurors on its website. And in an email, a spokesman for the Pritzker Prize said: “Justice Stephen Breyer has remained an active and valued member of the Pritzker Prize Jury, since 2011. Service and duty His tenure on the Pritzker Prize Jury is independent of his position on the United States Supreme Court. ”
“The Pritzker Prize jury consists of five to nine members, each serving for many years to ensure a balance between old and new members,” spokeswoman Eunice Kim wrote in an email. “The juries are recognized experts in their own fields.”
Ms. Kim noted that Justice Breyer served as jury president for two years, in 2019 and 2020. When he became president, Tom Pritzker, president of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the Pritzker Prize, praised his “dedication to civic architecture” and “his unparalleled ability to guide group discussions. ”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/arts/design/stephen-breyer-supreme-court-pritzker-prize.html Breyer leaves the Supreme Court but remains on the Pritzker Prize Council