Rogan, 50, was recently appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown. At the time of her appointment, she was prosecuting felony gang crimes and other cases as a supervising deputy district attorney at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, a job she had held since 2010. She started as a deputy district attorney in 2001.
Judge 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 La Verne Law Professor H. Randall 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.”
Rogan had been with the District Attorney’s office for several years when Rubin hired her as an adjunct professor.
“I was extraordinarily happy with the way she worked with the students,” Rubin said. “When she took on the adjunct role, she was always there for them. She pushed them hard and her expectations were high. That made them all the better.”
That same drive continues to serve her well, Rubin said.
“Lisa does not have a 75 percent button. She only has a 110 percent button,” he said. “She really gives everything to what she does, and that is what has made her so extraordinary in her work.”
An Alta Loma resident, Rogan fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James Welch.