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Judge James Rogan

Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Judge Rogan earned his bachelor of arts degree at the University of California at Berkeley, and his JD degree at the UCLA School of Law (where he served as a member of the UCLA Law Review). After law school, he became a corporate litigator at a Los Angeles law firm. Later, he joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in the prosecution of gang murder trials.

In 1990 (only six years out of law school), Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to a judgeship on the Glendale Municipal Court; a few years later his colleagues elected him presiding judge. In 1994, Judge Rogan ran for and won a special election to the California State Assembly, where his colleagues later selected him to be the Assembly Majority Leader. In 1996, he won the first of two consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. During his tenure in Congress, Judge Rogan was chosen by his House colleagues to be one of the prosecutors in the historic U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton. Rogan later served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and as the 55th Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him as a judge of the Superior Court of California, where he serves currently in a felony criminal trial assignment. Judge Rogan has been teaching at the Fowler School of Law since 2005.