Former Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase Rogers announced she has been hired by Day Pitney as a litigation partner in the firm’s appellate practice group.
Rogers, 61, spent 20 years on the bench, including a decade as chief justice as the second-ever woman to hold the position. She is set to start with Day Pitney on March 19.
The jurist said in an interview Monday that she had received several job offers, but chose Day Pitney in part because of her long working relationship with firm managing partner Stan Twardy.
Rogers said she’s known Twardy for almost 30 years. “He has among the highest ethics of anyone I know,” she said, adding that Day Pitney “has a terrific litigation department and I wanted to go where there would be interesting cases to work on. I am passionate and enthusiastic about wanting to work.” Rogers said she will not initially be working in the courtroom, but that assignments would be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Twardy, who said he interviewed Rogers after she announced her plan to retire last November, said Rogers will work primarily with corporate clients as part of the appellate practice group. She will also work for international clients doing arbitration work, a field she covered as an attorney at Cummings & Lockwood.
Twardy said Rogers will also work with junior attorneys on pro bono cases, and that her caseload will be heavy.
“We have a large number of clients involved in appellate appeals, both in federal and state court,” Twardy said Monday. “Chase’s knowledge of what goes on in the appellate court will help our clients prepare for those appeals.”
Twardy said Rogers will work in the firm’s Hartford office, but said the job would entail traveling to the firm’s other locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. The firm has more than 300 attorneys in the Northeast.
Rogers said she is eager to return to private practice. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to be able to focus exclusively on the law, as opposed to dividing my time between running a branch of government and writing decisions.”
Rogers said she will continue to serve on the State Justice Institute’s board of directors, to which she was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. She will also continue to serve on the board of the Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions. She will also continue working as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Law School.
Rogers received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1983. After working for Cummings & Lockwood, where she rose to the ranks of partner, she was named a Superior Court judge in 1998. She spent most of her time as Superior Court judge in Fairfield County, presiding over juvenile matters in Bridgeport and for the regional Child Protection Session in Middletown.