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The newest Supreme Court justice, Stephen G. Breyer, received an official and public welcome to the job from his eight colleagues Friday.

With President Clinton among the courtroom guests, Breyer donned his judicial robe for a formal investiture.A justice for nearly two months, Breyer again swore to "do equal right to the poor and to the rich." He took the same oath at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's vacation home in Vermont on Aug. 3 and at a White House ceremony nine days later.

After a brief courtroom ceremony at which cameras and electronic equipment were banned, Breyer accompanied Rehnquist outside for a traditional "photo opportunity." The new justice's wife and three children joined him.

Rehnquist noted during the ceremony that six justices have joined the court since 1986, "a rapid rate of change in our membership."

The court returns to the bench Monday to start its 1994-95 term.

Breyer, whose nomination won Senate confirmation by an 87-9 vote July 29, is Clinton's second Supreme Court appointee.