Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer visited Winsted Connecticut on Thursday September 28th for a guided tour of the American Museum of Tort Law. Breyer was in the nutmeg state for an event at “The Bushnell” in Hartford entitled “An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer” which was moderated by Norah O’Donnell, the co-anchor of CBS This Morning. The recommendation for the visit to Winsted came to the Justice from Professor Alan Morrison of George Washington University who is a friend of the museum. While at the American Museum of Tort Law, Breyer enjoyed the personal tour provided by Rick Newman, Executive Director of the museum.
“On behalf of the museum we were delighted to host Justice Breyer,” said Newman. “He (Breyer) has long been known for his intellectual and humanitarian appreciation and understanding of the law and he has written about the notion of active liberty which is the obligation of citizens to actively engage in our democracy. That only underscores the mission of the museum and how people benefit by tort law and the right of trial by jury. Our shared interest made for a very special afternoon.”
Breyer is quoted as saying, “This is an excellent teaching museum.” Rick Newman agrees and added, “That’s high praise for that’s what we see ourselves as.”
Breyer’s visit marked the second high profile visitor to visit the museum during the month of September for on the 17th the award winning host Phil Donahue was a featured speaker and moderator at the Constitution Day event hosted by the American Museum of Tort Law.
Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Breyer has authored three books including Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution , Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View and The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities. Breyer took the time at the end of the tour to visit the museum’s Bookstore and left with a mug and a t shirt which is a fine souvenir from the Laurel City.