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College of Law Professor Named
to Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

By Kelley Bozeman

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John Rogers

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"John (Rogers) will be a fine addition to the Sixth Circuit. He is intelligent, fair and hard-working. I would expect John to be a voice for civility and collegiality on the court."

-- Allan Vestal,
dean,
UK College of Law

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Lexington, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2002) -- University of Kentucky College of Law professor John Rogers won confirmation to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 15. Rogers was nominated last January by President George W. Bush.

Allan Vestal, dean of the UK College of Law, said Rogers was an excellent choice. "John will be a fine addition to the Sixth Circuit. He is intelligent, fair and hard-working. I would expect John to be a voice for civility and collegiality on the court," said Vestal.

Rogers has been at UK since 1978 and teaches international and constitutional law. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Michigan law school. Prior to teaching, he was an appellate attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Twice, he has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in China.

"While we will greatly miss John at the College of Law, he will always have an office here and we would hope that from time to time he will be able to teach at the College," Vestal said. "His appointment is a good reflection on the quality of the College of Law and the strengths of our faculty."

Rogers, who was traveling out of the country, could not be reached for comment. In an earlier interview, Rogers said he was excited and honored to be nominated by President Bush to the court.

The Sixth Circuit, seated in Cincinnati, covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Only the U.S. Supreme Court can overturn a circuit court decision.


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