The eminently-qualified originalist and successor to the seat of the late Antonin Scalia, 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, was sworn in Monday, April 10. As SCOTUSblog notes, each justice has to take a constitutional and judicial oaths. Chief Justice John G. Roberts administered the constitutional oath to Gorsuch in private ceremony at the Court, and Justice Anthony Kennedy the judicial in a formal ceremony at the rose garden two hours earlier.
Gorsuch is now the 113th Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He is now the Junior Justice on the Court, taking over Kagan’s place as the newest justice. In a piece by The Washington Post, Kagan gave Gorsuch a face-to-face tutorial on how to be a junior justice. Each newest justice is in charge of cafeteria committee.
It might be a while until Gorsuch settles in, and even longer until he begins to make majority opinions and find his voice. However, it won’t be nearly as long as liberal justices who struggle hard to gain a majority without Justice Kennedy.