Today, in an historic moment on a beautiful spring day in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in by his longtime mentor and fellow Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of vaunted judicial hero, Antonin Scalia. President Trump introduced the newest member of the Court, saying that “A new optimism is sweeping across our land and a new faith in America is filling our hearts and lifting our sights,” in adding Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch’s former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy, administered the oath. This is the second of two oaths taken by Gorsuch – the first being administered in a private ceremony at the court with the oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Gorsuch clerked for Kennedy, who he refers to as his “mentor”, and becomes the first former clerk to ever join his boss on the bench. Addressing Scalia’s family, Gorsuch said, “I won’t ever forget that the seat I inherit today is that of a very, very great man.”