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Carleton SzeTo Active Liberty The word pragmatic may mean different things to different people. The fact is, the correct definition from the dictionary itself states that pragmatic represents: of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations. I believe the most important meaning of all is that it stands for logical . When an individual uses logic in his/her every life to go about decisions, I respect it as a right choice. To be more specific, when one does NOT use emotions caused by previous experiences in life, I assume a logical outcome would appear. But sometimes situations can be contradictory and one can only attempt to get the best out of it. I believe my personality relates preeminently to the pragmatic characteristic of Justice Stephen Breyer. His decisions on legal matters can all be concluded from his personal point of view, which he states publicly in this book Active Liberty . My argument comes from his personal argument in which he "suggests that when necessary, instead of choosing the consequence that serves what he regards as the Constitution’s leading purpose, Breyer will determine the Constitution’s leading purpose on the basis of the consequence that he prefers to vindicate." Stephen Gerald Breyer was born in San Francisco, California on August 15 th , 1938. He was in a middle class Jewish family where his father was an attorney and legal counsel for the San Francisco Board of Education. During his high school days, Breyer was constantly active in his school’s debate team. After that, Breyer attended Stanford University where he received a bachelor’s degree and later obtained a Marshall Scholarship to study philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University in England. He returned to the United States in 1961, and enrolled in Harvard University Law School. He also worked as an editor of the school's law review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1964. 1
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Carleton SzeTo Breyer began his legal career immediately following his graduation from law school as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg. He assisted the justice in writing the majority opinion in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which guaranteed reproductive freedom by legalizing birth control for married couples. Afterwards, Breyer continued his career in Washington as a special assistant to Donald F. Turner, assistant United States attorney general in charge of antitrust cases. After two years with the Justice Department, he became a law professor at Harvard Law School. Breyer
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2011 for the course POLS 3983 taught by Professor Ringsmuth during the Spring '10 term at Oklahoma State.

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