In Memoriam: Michael G. Rogers '89

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Chicago-Kent community is saddened by the recent death of alumnus and adjunct professor Michael G. Rogers '89, who taught at our law school for more than 15 years. Mike died on January 27 at age 46.

"Mike was a remarkable teacher and coach and an invaluable member of our adjunct faculty," said Dean Harold J. Krent. "We will miss his unflagging enthusiasm for preparing students to become technology-savvy litigators."

Mike received his B.A. from Regis College in 1985 and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent in 1989. He worked for many years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, prosecuting gang crimes, narcotics offenses, and other felonies, and rising to the position of supervisor of the Auto Theft/Insurance Fraud Investigations Unit. He left the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in 2005 to found Ronin Consulting Ltd., a litigation technology company.

At Chicago-Kent, Mike taught Trial Advocacy, Litigation Technology, and E-Discovery, and volunteered as a trial team coach. He was selected as the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year by Chicago-Kent students in 2006. He lectured widely throughout the country on the use of technology in civil and criminal litigation and other topics, conducted litigation technology CLE programs at Chicago-Kent, and authored a leading textbook on litigation technology in 2006.

We extend our sympathies to Mike's wife, Cordelia Coppleson; Mike's four children; his extended family; and his many friends. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 30, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.