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Charles Breyer

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Charles Breyer
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   http://web1.judgepedia.org/index.php?title=Charles_Breyer&action=edit
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/12/1997 - 12/31/2011
Senior:   12/31/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Delwen Jensen
Succeeded by:   William Orrick III
Personal History
Born:   1941
Hometown:   San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate:   Harvard College, A.B., 1963
Law School:   University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1966

Charles Breyer is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He joined the court in 1997 after an appointment from Bill Clinton. He assumed senior status on December 31, 2011.[1] Charles Breyer's brother is Stephen Breyer, an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Early life and education

Born in San Francisco, California, Breyer graduated from Harvard College with his bachelor's degree in 1963 and later from the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1966.[1]

Professional career

Breyer was a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver Carter in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1966 to 1967. He also served as Counsel for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, California assisting low-income and indigent clients in 1967. Breyer was an Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco County, California District Attorney's Office until 1973. Breyer was appointed to serve as an Assistant Special Prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Task Force until 1974. Breyer entered private practice in California from 1974 to 1979, before returning to serve as the Chief Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco County, California District Attorney's Office in 1979. Breyer resumed private practice in 1980 until his nomination to the Federal Bench in 1997.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstien, Breyer was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California by President Bill Clinton on July 24, 1997 to a seat vacated by Delwen Jensen as Jensen assumed senior status. Breyer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 8, 1997 on a Senate voice vote and received commission on November 12, 1997. He assumed senior status on December 31, 2011.[1]

Notable cases

'Abortion bubble' case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Walter B. Hoye, II, v. City of Oakland, C 07-06411 CRB)

Judge Breyer on August 4, 2009, upheld a City of Oakland ordinance that requires abortion protesters to be eight feet away from a clinic. The lawsuit was filed Rev. Walter Hoye, a Baptist minister who was convicted of violating the ordinance in 2008.[2] The judge found the law was neutral and did not violate the First Amendment.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Delwen Jensen
Northern District of California
1997–2011
Succeeded by:
William Orrick III


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