Attorney James M. Rodgers has been in solo practice in Brattleboro, Vermont since January 2006, engaged in the general practice of law. . Prior to opening his own law office he was a partner in the law firm of Reid & Rodgers, P.L.C. from 1996 to 2006. Rodgers completed Vermont’s four year Clerkship Program and passed the Vermont Bar Exam in February, 1996. He lived in Vermont from 1986 to 2006 and now lives in Massachusetts. He has worked as a university professor and as a consultant in international development and training prior to his admission to the Vermont bar.
A graduate of Columbia University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Rochester, he holds degrees in English and American Literature and History, including a Ph. D. awarded in 1967. Before beginning his work in the field of international development and training, which included assignments as a consultant for the United Nations between 1981 and 1985, Rodgers taught at a number of different colleges and universities, including Michigan State University, the University of the District of Columbia, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the University of Paris (Sorbonne), and the Universities of Berne, Fribourg and Geneva in Switzerland. He also was invited to teach as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Nice from 1970-1971 and as a Senior Fulbright Specialist at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He also served as a U.S.I.S. Lecturer in Poland and a number of African countries. Rodgers spent nearly 15 years working internationally before moving to Vermont.
Rodgers has been active in local organizations, serving as Secretary to the Arts Council of Windham County, President of the Brattleboro Area Freeze Committee, citizen member of the Windham Regional Commission, as a trustee on the Brooks Memorial Library Board and volunteer member of the Brattleboro Town Human Services Evaluation Committee. He has also served as a consultant to a number of local non-profit service organizations. Rodgers is married to Carol Rodgers, a professor of education at the State University of New York (Albany), and has three children, Melissa (attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco), Jonathan (graduate of Occidental College and acting/working in Los Angeles) and Elizabeth (M.A. in theatre and currently working for a program in children’s theatre in London).