Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court Chase Rogers (Ret.), chair of the firm's Appellate Practice group, brings her vast knowledge and experience as a litigator, trial judge and Chief Justice to assist litigation clients in multiple areas of law. Clients benefit from her 20 years of experience presiding over bench and jury trials, and hearing, mediating and ruling on complex commercial disputes. She has also been a panel member on over 1000 appellate cases and the author of hundreds of decisions for the Connecticut Supreme Court. In addition, she has extensive experience in conducting investigations, including employment matters, discrimination, sexual assault and sexual harassment claims, police use of force, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty matters. She also has served as an expert witness regarding Connecticut law.
Chief Justice Rogers' career in the judiciary has spanned over two decades, starting when she was sworn in as a Connecticut Superior Court judge in January 1998. Her assignments included serving as a judge on the Complex Litigation Docket for four years in Stamford. In March 2006, Chief Justice Rogers was sworn in as an Appellate Court judge and a little over a year later, she was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Among her many accomplishments, she is credited with restructuring the civil justice system to reduce costs and embedding a culture of openness and transparency in the judicial branch.
Chase currently serves on the State Justice Institute's (SJI) Board of Directors, which she was appointed to by President Barack Obama in December 2010. She is also the chairperson of the national Civil Justice Implementation Steering Committee. She also currently serves on the board of the Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions (CHTCS), and has provided consulting services to the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). In addition, she is an adjunct professor, teaching Connecticut civil procedure, at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
In 2012, Chase was appointed to the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, where she served until January 2018. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices until January 2018.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the Connecticut state courts limiting their operations with regard to civil commercial matters to Priority 1 functions. In the context of civil litigation, other than divorce and family matters, the Judicial Branch has defined Priority 1 as consisting only as ex parte motions. As a result, neither short calendar proceedings to resolve motions nor trials are being conducted. Many other courts have also limited their operations.
Retired Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Chris Droney, who in addition to their appellate experience also served as trial judges for many years, are available to help move civil disputes forward towards resolution either through mediation or a binding process to resolve issues by consent of the parties. All of this can be accomplished remotely via video conferencing application. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this opportunity further.
Recipient of the Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award for Integrity from the Connecticut Bar Association, 2018
Recipient of the John M. Bailey Award for Public Service from the Hartford Country Bar Association, 2018
Recipient of Bice Clemow Award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, 2018
Recognized as the "Best Officiator" by the Connecticut Law Tribune , 2018
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