University of Denver

Janice M. Rosa

Supervising Judge of Family Courts (Ret.), Buffalo and Western New York

Janice Rosa served for nearly 20 years on the New York State Judiciary, on both the Family Court and the Supreme Court trial benches. While on the New York bench she was the Supervising Judge of the Family Courts in the 8th Judicial District’s eight counties (10 courthouses, more than 30 judges/bench officers) and was also the district’s Supervising Judge for Matrimonial (divorce) matters.

Justice Rosa provides consulting and training services under Pure Support LLC. She consults as the national Judicial Coordinator for NCJFCJ’s Family Court Enhancement Project, and was past consultant for NCJFCJ’s Project ONE. She served for seven years on the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)'s Board of Trustees, is current Curriculum Chair for the organization, and past chair of NCJFCJ’s Family Violence Advisory Committee. While in New York, she served as a member of New York's Matrimonial Advisory Committee for years, and is a current member of the Honoring Families Initiative Advisory Committee for IAALS, a Denver Colorado nonprofit research organization.

Justice Rosa is the author of the upcoming book, Balancing a Life on the Scales of Justice: Health and Wellbeing for the 21st Century Judge, has authored book chapters in the fields of family law (ABA) and risk assessment (NYS), including “Assessing Lethality and Risk: What Do We Know, How Can We Help?”, various law review articles and was a contributing editor on Black’s Law Dictionary, Family Law Terms. She is most proud of her work in creating a civil military docket in Buffalo, as detailed in the article “Mission Critical: A Call to Action for Juvenile and Family Courts, the US Armed Forces, and Veterans Affairs,” for which she received the 2015 AFCC Meyer Elkin writing award.

Justice Rosa was the first recipient of New York’s Judicial Excellence Award as Distinguished Jurist (2012). For the past 20 years she has been a frequent trainer nationally on family and juvenile law matters, as well as judicial leadership, judicial wellbeing, domestic violence, and systems change. Justice Rosa also served as a National Center for State Courts (NCSC) consultant and most recently in that capacity provided services to the Casey Family Program Partners Initiative Judicial Engagement project.

Before taking the bench, Justice Rosa was an attorney with a long practice concentrating in family law, divorce, and child custody matters, a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and named in Best Lawyers in America. Justice Rosa graduated from the University of Rochester (B.A.) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law (J.D.). She is happily married to a fellow attorney, is the mother to 3 grown children and several grandchildren, and is delighted to have relocated upon retirement from the New York bench to Denver, Colorado.