Congratulations to newly sworn in Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney; only the second woman to lead the court, following the late Florence K. Murray.
Speakers included retired Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, House Speaker William J. Murphy, Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell and Governor Carcieri, all of whom praised Gibney’s integrity, compassion and fairness.
“You have always been admired … and that was earned not given,” said Murphy, who also wisecracked that she was a standout for the seat as a fellow West Warwick Wizard.
Gibney’s husband Robert D. Parrillo held the Bible as she took her oath, becoming the 15th presiding justice in the court’s 104-year history. Their son, Nicholas J. Parrillo, stood by. She replaces Judge Joseph F. Rodgers Jr., who retired in August.
Gibney, 62, worked as a law clerk for then Superior Court Judge Murray and later practiced as an associate with Anderson, Henning & Anderson, a Providence law firm. In 1978, she became assistant U.S. Attorney, but moved back to private practice — this time with Boyer, Reynolds & DeMarco — after a year in the post. She served as a Workers’ Compensation Court Commissioner for two years before being named to the Superior Court bench in 1984. She holds degrees from Rhode Island College and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.