James Rogers is a lifelong public servant with decades of experience in senior leadership roles inside and outside government. He lives in Red Hook with his wife and two daughters.
Jim earned a B.A. in political science and government at Syracuse University and a J.D. at Cardozo School of Law. He believes courtrooms must be places of compassion where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and has championed New York’s most vulnerable, including the children appearing in Family Court.
Jim was the first NYS Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice. For nearly four years he directed the bureaus of Environmental Protection, Labor, Civil Rights, Health Care, Charities, and Tobacco Compliance. During nine years as Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection, NYS Department of Labor, he directed enforcement of labor laws including, Wage Enforcement, Public Workers Health and Safety, Asbestos Inspection, and Unemployment Insurance Fraud.
As president of the union representing 800 lawyers at the Legal Aid Society, Jim learned that attorneys assigned to advocate for children in Family Court faced crushing caseloads, with each representing more than 300 children at a time. Jim initiated a four-year campaign that resulted in legislation capping their caseloads at 150, doubling the resources available to children and improving case results.