Justice Breyer Strived to Deliver ‘Equal Justice Under the Law’

Courts Resources 01.26,22

With Justice Breyer’s retirement, President Biden must fulfill his promise to nominate the first Black woman to the highest court in the land

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on Justice Stephen Breyer’s announced retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court:

“For four decades, Justice Stephen Breyer valiantly strived to ensure our nation lives up to the promise inscribed above the Supreme Court and delivers ‘equal justice under the law.’ Throughout his principled service as a judge on the First Circuit and as an associate justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Breyer pragmatically approached cases, seeking to understand how the law and his decisions could impact people’s lives and rights. We thank Justice Breyer for his service and for the legacy he leaves in bolstering our civil and human rights, including on rulings impacting access to health care and the freedom to vote.

“Justice Breyer’s retirement creates a tremendous moment for President Biden — one that will reverberate for generations. In order to move closer to equal justice in our country, the president must deliver on his promise to nominate the first Black woman to the highest court in the land and ensure she is fair-minded with a strong commitment to civil and human rights. With decisions that impact every aspect of our lives, from access to health care to fair pay to voting rights, the Supreme Court must be more representative and reflective of our nation. We look forward to President Biden’s announcement on who he will nominate to serve our country.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.