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Ex-Breyer Clerks Praise Jurist as Consensus Builder

Law360

26 Jan 2022

Deanne Maynard spoke to Law360 about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who plans to retire at the end of this term after more than 27 years on the bench.

“One anecdote I have highlights how personable the justice is,” said Deanne, who clerked for Breyer in 1994-95. “In the early days of the pandemic, the justice discussed his pot roast recipe in a news article, which listed the ingredients, but no spices – although the article later mentioned the need for allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. My husband was going to make the recipe, but we were confused. I emailed the justice, and he replied right away: ‘I don’t know why the spices were left out of the list. You need them: break up a cinnamon stick, about 12 small allspice berries, 4 cloves, and grind them all up in a coffee grinder. That should work. They add a lot of flavor.’ And they did.”

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