Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers is a Connecticut native. After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979, she earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1983.
Chief Justice Rogers spent her career as an attorney at the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, where she specialized in commercial and employment litigation. In 1991, she was elected as a partner of the firm. Her various assignments included overseeing the pro bono program and acting as the partner-in-charge for hiring associates.
In January of 1998, former Governor John Rowland nominated Chief Justice Rogers for the Superior Court. Her assignments as a Superior Court Judge included serving as the presiding judge for juvenile matters in Bridgeport and being assigned to the regional Child Protection Session in Middletown. Between 2001 and 2005, she was assigned to the Complex Litigation Docket in Stamford, and from 2005 to 2006 she served as the presiding judge for civil matters in the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
In February of 2006, Chief Justice Rogers was nominated by Governor M. Jodi Rell for the Appellate Court, and on March 15, 2006, Chief Justice Rogers was sworn in as an Appellate Court judge. In February of 2007, Governor M. Jodi Rell nominated her to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Former Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters, Connecticut’s first female Chief Justice, swore in Chief Justice Rogers on April 25, 2007.
Chief Justice Rogers currently serves on the State Justice Institute’s Board of Directors. She was appointed to this position in December of 2010 by President Barack Obama, with the advice and consent of the Senate. In October of 2012, Chief Justice Rogers was appointed a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. She was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court, and will serve a three year term. She is currently a member of the National Center for State Courts Expanding Court Access to Justice Project Advisory Committee, the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Initiative Committee and the Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellows Nominating Committee, an ex officio member of the Commission on Official Legal Publications, an ex officio member of the American Law Institute and an ex-officio Director of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Chief Justice Rogers previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices, the Detention Crowding Oversight Committee, and as a Faculty Member of the Connecticut Judge’s Institute.
In May of 2010, Chief Justice Rogers received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and in December of 2011, Chief Justice Rogers received an honorary degree from the University of Hartford. Additionally, Chief Justice Rogers became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law in January 2012.