Alan Rodger, Baron Rodger of Earlsferry

Alan Rodger, Baron Rodger Of Earlsferry

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Alan Ferguson Rodger, Baron Rodger of Earlsferry, FRSE, FBA, PC (18 September 1944 – 26 June 2011) was a Scottish lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

He served as Lord Advocate, the senior Law Officer of Scotland, before becoming Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, the head of the country's judiciary. He was then appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Law Lord) and became a Justice of the Supreme Court when the judicial functions of the House of Lords were transferred to that Court.

Early life

Alan Rodger was born on 18 September 1944 in Glasgow, to Professor T Ferguson Rodger, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow, and Jean Margaret Smith Chalmers, and educated at the independent Kelvinside Academy in the city. He studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating with an MA, and at the University's School of Law, taking an LLB. He then studied at New College, Oxford—under David Daube, Regius Professor of Civil Law—where he graduated with an MA and DPhil, and was Dyke Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford from 1969 to 1970 and a Fellow of New College from 1970 to 1972.

He became an advocate in 1974 and was Clerk of the Faculty of Advocates from 1976 to 1979. He was a Member of the Mental Welfare......
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