As unhappy as he was about being on the losing side in so many cases last term, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Saturday his faith in the legal system and the rule of law is undiminished.

“I had a difficult year,” Breyer said before the opening assembly of the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. “I was in dissent quite a lot, and I wasn’t happy.” With Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on the Court, conservatives won almost all the 5-4 opinions last term, leaving Breyer often in the minority.