By Amy Cherry 12:52pm, February 28, 2014 - Updated 3:24pm, February 28, 2014
VIDEO: Watch Delaware Supreme Court Justice Leo Strine, Jr., take the oath of office.Leo Strine, Jr., is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.
WDEL's Amy Cherry was there.
Former Chancellor Leo Strine took the oath of office inside a packed courtroom.
He was extremely grateful and emotional as he thanked his mentors, his wife Carrie, and his parents.
"By hard work and self sacrifice, my parents always made sure we had what we need even during periods of economic struggle," he said, choking back tears.
He says from a young age and trips to Williamsburg, his parents instilled in him that the ideals within the Declaration of Independence were ones to live up to.
In his new role, Strine says he'll continue the tradition of collaboration.
"We must do so not only within the judiciary itself by pulling together as judges to forge consensus and find a way forward.. We must be thick-skinned enough to actively seek out construction criticms so we can do an even better job," he said.
Even with years of legal experience, Strine reminds everyone, he's only human.
"Please be patient with me, as I will make rookie mistakes, but by using that recognition to have empathy towards others and striving to do my best, I hope to repay the confidence the governor and the Senate have shown in me," said Strine.
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