New Colorado Supreme Court Justice Sworn In

September 29, 2015
Photo: Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel, Gov. Hickenlooper (Staff)
Richard Gabriel, left, chats with Gov. John Hickenlooper before Gabriel was sworn in to the state Supreme Court Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

Richard Gabriel Monday.

Gabriel is a Yale graduate who has served on Colorado's Court of Appeals since 2008. He grew up in Brooklyn in a family that struggled financially.

“I never in my wildest dreams would have anticipated that I would be in this place from where I came," Gabriel said. 

Gabriel plays the trumpet and quoted the late baseball great Yogi Berra during his swearing-in speech.

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Gabriel and says he brings a good mix to the court.

"https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifHe has that wisdom. But he's also fun to be around," Hickenlooper said.

Gabriel replaces Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., who retired earlier this month.