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FILE - In this March 21, 2017, file photo Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating President Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Up next for newly confirmed Justice Gorsuch? Contentious hearings and some hazing.


Neil Gorsuch has officially been sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice

WATCH | The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday. He'll be sworn in on Monday and will head straight into a hectic few weeks full of hearings and meetings and a bit of hazing. 


On April 13, the Justices will meet to determine which cases they will hear next term from the appeals court. 

Some appeals that are pending now include a case to expand gun rights, voter ID restrictions, and the case of a Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  

These cases, if taken up by the court, could result in some historic rulings that will set precedent for the rest of the country. 

The current Supreme Court term ends in June, then the justices will have a break and return for the next session in October. 

Gorsuch does not get to rule on any cases the court has already heard before his swearing in. However, if the justices are locked in a 4-4 tie, they may decide to rehear the case in the next session instead of falling back to the lower court's decision. 

Upcoming oral arguments 

There are still a few more cases the justices haven't gotten to yet this term. They will begin hearing oral arguments starting April 17. 

One of the most closely watched cases involves an argument of the separation of church and state and whether or not a Missouri church should be granted funds from a state-run program for a playground. 

Next term 

Gorsuch, who is expected to restore the conservative 5-4 majority to the bench, will play a key role in cases the justices have already decided to hear next term. 

One case that will be closely watched is National Labor Relations Board vs. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. The court will decide whether or not employers can bar workers from filing a class action lawsuit. 


As the newest justice on the bench, Gorsuch will also go through a bit of old-fashioned hazing. 

During closed-door conferences, the junior justice is charged with answering the door whenever someone knocks and taking notes. 

The junior justice is also the head of the cafeteria committee.

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