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The University of La Verne College of Law honors 2001 graduate Lisa Rogan, who was recently appointed San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge.
New College of Law Dean Gilbert Holmes called the event a walk-off home run.
In his first event since taking over leadership of the College of Law on July 1, Holmes saw alumnae the Honorable Lisa Rogan ’01 saluted by the University of La Verne for her appointment as a San Bernardino County Superior Judge in a gathering of nearly 100 at the College of Law campus in Ontario on July 24.
“This event allowed the College of Law to make an impact on prospective students and the University community,” Holmes said. “We reconnected with alumni and members of the legal community in a special way.”
Rogan’s family and friends, plus alumni, faculty, staff and community and University dignitaries gathered in the school’s foyer to pay tribute to Rogan, who progressed from police officer to law student to prosecutor and ultimately, to a Superior Court Judge. Rogan is also a former adjunct professor at the La Verne College of Law. Also in attendance were University of La Verne president Devorah Lieberman, Board of Visitors chair Michael Bidart, and Randy Rubin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law.
Rogan served as an adjunct professor at La Verne Law from 2004 to 2009, teaching Appellate Advocacy and Honors Moot Court. Prior to entering law school, she was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy from 1983 to ’88 and a sergeant in the Pomona Police Department from 1989 to ’97.
“What has actually made her so successful is the fact that she can really relate to both sides of the argument,” said Rubin, who taught Rogan in three classes. “She really is one of the fairest people I have ever come in contact with. That has made her an extraordinary advocate.”
Rubin remembers Rogan as a first-year law student who started in the spring semester as part of an entering class of only about 12-15 people and grew to be one of the most skilled attorneys in the District Attorney’s office.
“Coming into a law program is a humbling experience for anyone,” he said. “It’s an extraordinary struggle because the study of law is unlike any course of study anyone will have done to that point. But I soon realized her to be an extraordinarily skilled orator and advocate.”
Rogan was unlike other students in that she already had worked many years as a police officer. Rubin said he expected her background to make her innately sympathetic to the prosecution side of the law and possibly unable to relate to the defense side of the argument. Instead, he found her willing to view both side equally, a trait that continues to serve her well.
“In my opinion, this is an extremely good appointment for the governor,” Rubin said. “It’s not easy to find somebody with her talent who has cut her teeth in the D.A.’s office and can bring that sense of fairness to both sides of the issue. She brings an unbelievably fair perspective to the bench.”