History of the Federal Judiciary

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Breyer, Charles R.
Born 1941 in San Francisco, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 24, 1997, to a seat vacated by D. Lowell Jensen. Confirmed by the Senate on November 8, 1997, and received commission on November 12, 1997. Assumed senior status on December 31, 2011.

Harvard College, A.B., 1963
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1966

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Oliver Carter, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1966-1967
Counsel, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco [California], 1967
Assistant district attorney, City and County of San Francisco, California, 1967-1973, 1979; chief assistant, 1979
Assistant special prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973-1974
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1974-1979, 1980-1997
Vice chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 2013-


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