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Please join The George Washington University Law School in partnership with the Washington DC chapter of the Copyright Society for a two-part program featuring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Please note, registering for this event as an in-person attendee will only hold your seat until 15 minutes before the event begins. Please be sure to arrive by 3:45 pm.

4 - 5 pm | Justice Breyer's Copyright Legacy Part I: Fireside Chat with Justice Breyer and Professor Robert Brauneis (60 minutes - free in person and virtual)

The event will start with a fireside chat between retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Professor Robert Brauneis, Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at The George Washington University Law School and former law clerk to Justice Breyer during his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The fireside chat will offer a rare opportunity to hear directly from Justice Breyer about his time on the U.S. Supreme Court and his opinions and dissents in many of the Court's copyright cases from his nearly three decades of service on the Court. 

5:15 - 6:15 pm: Justice Breyer's Copyright Legacy, Part II: Academic and Practitioner Panel Discussion (60 minutes - free, additional cost for CLE credit)

This event will feature a robust panel discussion with academics and practitioners who will debate the myriad of ways that the U.S. Supreme Court's copyright decisions and Justice Breyer’s opinions – have shaped copyright law and practice. In this hour-long discussion, moderator Regan Smith, lecturer of law at The George Washington University and Head of Public Policy, Government Affairs at Spotify, will discuss these issues with Dale Cendali, Supreme Court practitioner and partner at Kirkland & Ellis; Jane Ginsburg, Professor of Law and Director of Columbia's Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts; David Nimmer, Professor of Law, Practitioner, and author of the updated treatise Nimmer on Copyright; and Pamela Samuelson, Professor of Law and Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Reception to follow the panel.


This event is free to attend. However, for MCLE Credit, please make sure to purchase the appropriate CLE Add-On Ticket at the following prices:

  • Member: $55
  • Non-Member: $95

Register here.

Access to the building will be through GW Law's main entrance at 2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052


The Honorable Stephen Breyer
Retired U. S. Supreme Court Justice

The Honorable Stephen Breyer is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the
United States. Born in San Francisco in 1938, he is a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard
Law School. He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard Law School and at the
Kennedy School of Government. He has also worked as a Supreme Court law clerk (for Justice
Arthur Goldberg), a Justice Department lawyer (antitrust division), an Assistant Watergate
Special Prosecutor, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1980, he was
appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter, becoming Chief
Judge in 1990. In 1994, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton. He has
written books and articles about a range of legal topics, including administrative law, economic
regulation, and the U.S. Constitution.  His books include Active Liberty (2005), Making Our
Democracy Work: A Judge’s View (2010), The Court and the World (2015), and The Authority of
the Court and the Peril of Politics (2021). His wife, Joanna, was born in Great Britain and is a
retired clinical psychologist. They have three children—Chloe, Nell, and Michael—and six


Image Credit: The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

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