The first was conducted privately by Chief Justice John Roberts. All the current justices were in attendance, along with most of their spouses.
Gorsuch said he was humbled by his ascendance to the nation's high court and thanked his former law clerks, saying of his former law clerks, "your names are etched in my heart forever".
President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Justice Neil Gorsuch during a re-enactment in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2017.
Gorsuch's confirmation process, too, was marred by an extraordinary degree of partisanship. Republicans got around the roadblock by changing the Senate's rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold needed to bring high court nominations to the floor.
Senate Democrats, upon the announcement of Gorsuch's nomination, filibustered the hearings, feeling that Gorsuch was unfit to serve.
Gorsuch's seat fills the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia more than a year ago and restores a consevative majority in the Supreme Court. Republicans refused even to give Garland a hearing, taking their chances on the November election, and Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton kept the seat in conservatives' hands.
This removed the ability for nominees to the Supreme Court to be filibustered.
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He could be the deciding vote on cases now on the court's docket ranging from voting rights to separation of church and state. Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday, allowing him to join the court for the final months of its term, which ends in June.
Kagan has said other justices also liked to rib her about the food at the court since it's the junior justice's job to help oversee the cafeteria, which is frequented by court employees and visitors. Law firm partner. Justice Department official. Right now, President Trump only has 22 of his nominees confirmed.
"I can not tell you how honored I am to have here today my mentor, Justice Kennedy, administer the judicial oath, a lovely oath, as he did for me 11 years ago when I became a Circuit judge", Gorsuch said, adding that he was "humbled" by the role.
As a Justice Department lawyer from 2005-2006, Gorsuch led all government litigation arising from the United States war on terror, including its defense of the extraordinary rendition of Khaled el-Masri, a German-Lebanese citizen who was handed over to the Central Intelligence Agency in Macedonia in 2003 and flown to Afghanistan. Those could include cases ranging from a fair housing dispute in Miami to a cross-border shooting on the Mexican border in Arizona. Oral arguments are set for April 19th.
The Colorado Supreme Court last August declined to review the case, agreeing with a Colorado Court of Appeals decision that said the shop could continue to enforce its religious beliefs, but not while operating as a business in Colorado.
The latter case has been on the court's petition calendar for months without an order being issued.
"I've always heard the most important thing a president of the United States does is appoint people, hopefully great people like this appointment, to the United States Supreme Court, and I can say this is a great appointment and I got it done in the first 100 days", he said.