Carcieri Nominates Rodgers for Superior Court Post

Governor Carcieri has nominated lawyer Kristen E. Rodgers to fill the Superior Court judgeship being vacated by Judge Vincent A. Ragosta.

From the governor's office:

Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that he has nominated Kristen E. Rodgers, Esq. to serve on the Rhode Island Superior Court.  The nomination requires the advice and consent of the Rhode Island State Senate.  Ms. Rodgers will fill the vacancy that was created by the retirement of Justice Vincent A. Ragosta. 

"Ms. Rodgers is a practicing attorney with more than 15 years experience in civil litigation, and has an outstanding reputation in the legal community," said Governor Donald L. Carcieri.  "I am confident she will serve with great distinction."

Ms. Rodgers is a partner with Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, a law firm with a significant civil litigation practice before state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where she handles complex commercial and business disputes, media law, municipal law, contract negotiations and litigation, tort actions, construction litigation, zoning and various land use matters, and employment law.  Prior to 1996, Ms. Rodgers practiced law at Tillinghast Licht & Semenoff, Inc. as a litigation associate, and also served as vice president of Tillinghast Sports Management, Inc., procuring endorsement opportunities and providing legal support services for professional athletes.  Ms. Rodgers served as a law clerk to the Honorable Florence K. Murray of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and from 1998 to 2002, served as Assistant Town Solicitor for the Town of East Greenwich.

Ms. Rodgers is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations, as well as a member of the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  She served as the former chair of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness from 2001 to 2007. 

A Toll Gate High School graduate (1985), Ms. Rodgers received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College (1989) and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1992), where she was Lead Articles Editor and contributing student author for Volume 8, The Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy.  Ms. Rodgers resides in Warwick, RI.


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