Christina Rogers is comfortable telling stories on herself. As an example, she has a near-phobia for bugs. Not insects or spiders. Bugs.
“My mom still talks about the time when I was little and almost got hit by a car because I was running away from a dragonfly. More recently, after I moved to Cincinnati, a fly flew into my bathroom one morning. I locked the door behind it and left for the day hoping it would die from a lack of food. Me and bugs don’t get along.”
Christina came up in the mixed, middle-class Cleveland suburb of Warrensville Heights. She’s the second child of a woman who put in 25 years with the U.S. Army and did tours of duty in Iraq and Germany. Christina’s grandmother was a serious B.B. King fan and so gave Christina’s mother the same name he gave his guitar: Lucille.
In any case, Lucille wanted her daughter to have the best education she could provide and sent Christina to private schools. One result is that Christina learned lessons many of us never even get a whiff of.
“I was the only black kid in the schools I went to. We always traveled super far from home to school, whatever school it was, like 40 minutes … I was too proper for my black friends in the neighborhood where I grew up and too black for my white friends at school. I didn’t really have friends in school until the fifth grade when I got into sports … For a long time, I didn’t fit anywhere except with family.
“In seventh grade English class, we were studying ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ taking turns reading it out loud. The teacher encouraged us to use the N-word during our readings – I don’t know why. A week or so into it, a boy in class came up to me during lunch and told me to go home -- and he used that word. I just broke down. I stayed home from school the next day. It took Mom a couple days to drag what had happened out of me …
“I went to Magnificat High School, an all-girls school. A teacher there, Mrs. Visgak, was a major influence. She was the first one outside of my family to pull me aside and tell me I was OK in my skin. She encouraged me to learn more about African-American history and to not be afraid to do things that were out of the box.”
Adversity is better viewed in the rearview, Christina says. “Adversity makes you stronger. It taught me at an early age how to be around people with other beliefs and values. It taught me to be comfortable with who I am -- and not to conform to what others think I should be.”
A tattoo on Christina’s right arm from Proverbs 31:25 describes the Proverbial woman, which is what she aims to be: “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.”
She calls her mom her bestie and says she taught her to make a bed the correct way, the drumhead-tight Army way. For her mother’s 60th birthday, Christina and her older brother, LaRon, took her to Barcelona. One of these days, Christina would like to travel to Greece. Another goal is to become an oenophile, enough of one to be able to tell a fine wine from something that’s less so. She is a devoted Browns fan.
Christina never thought she’d work at a law firm. At other firms where she interviewed, she came away with the impression her interviewers thought she was too alternative.
“I was even told, ‘It’s not you, it’s your look.’ It’s different here. The people here are real. They have families. They understand you come from a family. They’re interested in you, in what makes you tick and what your interests are. They’re human.”
Christina is a member of the Labor & Employment practice group. She counsels businesses on a wide variety of employment issues including workplace harassment, compliance with federal and state laws, termination, wage and hour issues, and immigration matters. Christina advocates clients’ interests before governmental agencies such as the DOL and the EEOC in matters involving race, gender, national origin discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Christina also routinely trains and counsels human resources staff, supervisors, and employees on employment related topics and works closely with employers to resolve workplace disputes.
Christina is a 2018 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a member of the Trial Team, a problem writer for the Moot Court Honor Board, a Research Assistant for Professor Janet Moore, and a fellow in the Glenn M. Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry. While in law school, Christina worked for the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges; Clerked for a small law firm where she worked primarily on labor and employment claims, criminal law, and Civil Rights litigation; and Interned for several judges including the Hon. Judge Michael R. Barrett in Southern District of Ohio, Magistrate Patricia Hider in the Butler County Probate Court, and Magistrate Rogena Stargel in the Hamilton County Probate Court.
Christina is a proud “Double Bearcat” and earned her B.S. in Sports Administration from the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, Christina was a football academic coach for the UC Football team and Operations Manager for the UC Track & Field team. You can still find her cheering on the Bearcats during football season. During her undergrad she also traveled to Jeonju, South Korea to study the difference between the American and Korean sporting cultures. Prior to law school, Christina traveled the country working for the Munoz Agency’s NFL Play60 program and USA Track & Field. Christina’s experience working in different industries and traveling the country gives her a unique perspective and is helpful in counseling employers on their employee issues.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Christina now calls the west side of Cincinnati home. On the weekends, you can find Christina on the youth soccer fields, local sporting events, or trying out the newest restaurants around town.