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Biography - Roger Samuel Wolfson, J.D., M.A.
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Roger Wolfson has risen to positions of prominence in the fields of entertainment, politics, news, and law. He is a professional television and film writer who is currently writing two original pilots – one for USA Network and one for BRAVO. He has previously written for “Century City,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Saving Grace,” “Fairly Legal,” and “The Closer,” where one of his episodes earned Kyra Sedgwick an Emmy Nomination. So far, he has sold seven original television series of his own, including projects at Sony, ABC, CBS, and Paramount. He has served on the staff of four United States Senators, written speeches for presidential candidates, been Vice President of one of the largest TV news organizations in the country, founded his own strategic consulting firm, and worked as an attorney.

As a writer, Wolfson arrived in Los Angeles in January of 2003. By July he was a staff writer on Ed Zuckerman and Paul Attanasio's CBS series, "Century City." Wolfson's episode, "To Know Her," became the first episode aired after the pilot. Wolfson then wrote for “Law and Order: SVU." During that time, he traveled across Ohio as a surrogate speaker for Senator John Kerry's Presidential campaign. Wolfson moved on to write for "The Closer,” where his episode “Fantasy Date” garnered Kyra Sedgewick her first Emmy Nomination. He then wrote for TNT’s “Saving Grace,” starring Holly Hunter, then USA’s “Fairly Legal,” starring Sarah Shahii.

While developing his own projects, Wolfson has worked with producers Neal Moritz, Ed Bernero, Dennis Leary, Charlize Theron, and Tim Kring. Wolfson also serves as a speechwriter. He helped Elizabeth Warren with her stump speech when she ran for Senate, and then worked on her speech for the Democratic National Convention. He has also written for Congressman Alan Grayson.

Wolfson’s first political job after Law School was on Senator Joe Lieberman’s Governmental Affairs Subcommittee. One year later, Senator John Kerry made Wolfson the youngest Legislative Assistant on Kerry’s staff, and his first official speechwriter. Wolfson wrote or helped write dozens of speeches for Kerry, plus the first bill in Congress to outlaw cop-killer bullets, several amendments to the Health Care Reform Act and even more extensive amendments to the Welfare Reform Act, including the Senate-passed "Kerry Parental Involvement Act" and "Kerry Expanded School Day Act."

Wolfson also wrote Kerry's amendments to the Rescissions Bill that successfully restored $14 million for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and $100 million for the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. Wolfson was also in charge of Kerry's successful efforts to win $90 million of funding for Youthbuild.

Wolfson then became Chief Education Counsel for Senator Paul Wellstone, which meant he also served, simultaneously, as Labor Committee Staff for Senator Ted Kennedy. In these roles, Wolfson helped reauthorize virtually every major Federal education law, from the $5 billion Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to the $12 billion Workforce Investment Act. During consideration of the $52 billion Higher Education Act alone, Wolfson produced thirteen major amendments to the law. Wolfson also wrote the most extensive child-care bill ever introduced in Congress.

By the time Wolfson left the Senate, at 32, he was one of the few staffers ever to work for the most prominent Liberal, Moderate, and Conservative members of a political Party. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and AirAmerica, and has lectured to forty different major organizations, bar associations, unions, and think tanks.

Wolfson has partnered with Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen and Oscar-nominated songwriter Bird York to create campaign ads for Presidential elections.  He also wrote and directed a campaign ad for Blue America that starred Marcia Cross, Frances Fisher, and Francesca Eastwood.  During the 2006 Writers Guild elections, Wolfson was a strategist for the “Writers United” slate of candidates for Board, and subsequently helped run the media operations for the Guild during the 2007-8 Strike. He has been a judge and awards presenter for many different events, including the annual “Voice Awards” held at Paramount Studios. He has testified before the California State Senate and Assembly about the healthy depiction of mental disabilities in TV and movies.  He also blogs for the Huffington Post.

Wolfson began his professional life as an attorney, working for Littler, Mendelson, the largest labor law firm in the world, and Lieberman, Segalof, and Wolfson, the firm his mother and Senator Lieberman founded. He also served as Vice President of Channel One News, a TV news program that at the time was watched by one-third of all American teenagers every school day.

While earning his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wolfson served as Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Comparative Labor Law Journal. He also holds a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelors in Theater from Vassar, with highest academic honors. He is a graduate of the WGA Showrunners Training Program, and is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Supreme Court, having been presented to the Chief Justice jointly by Republican Senator Jim Jeffords and Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman.

While living on a ’42 Catamaran, which he had helped sail from New York to Los Angeles in 2003, Wolfson began offering a free series of lectures, salons, and concerts to the Los Angeles Community. In 2011, when he moved to his house in Silver Lake, he migrated those events to an Amphitheater he designed and built alongside his house. The LA Times ran a front page, column one article about his free, community-building events in June of 2013. In February 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wolfson to be Commissioner of Animal Services for the City of Los Angeles, a part-time position.

Wolfson is Married to Nori El-Shinnawy Wolfson, with whom he is raising three rescue dogs, named Easy, Peaceful, and Miracle.


Politics Photo Gallery
   

 


A White House Rose Garden signing of a bill that Wolfson helped write,
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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Senator Joe Lieberman


Senator Ted Kennedy

 

 

Senator John Kerry

Senator Paul Wellstone


 
Senator Bob Kerrey



Hearing before the Senate Labor Committee. Senators Jeffords, Kennedy, Dodd,
and Wellstone.

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Hearing before the Senate Labor Committee. Senators Jeffords, Kennedy, Dodd,
and Murray.
    


Senator Robert Byrd

 


Governor Benedita da Silva of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 


Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle

 

Secretary of Education Richard Riley





King of Ghana, Safrotwe Kakradai IV

 


Rosa DeLauro's campaign staff


Congresswoman Rosa Delauro

 


Stumping for Kerry. Hillary Swank, Chad Lowe, Amy Redford

 




Stumping for John Kerry in Ohio, 2004 with Steve Buscemi




Stumping in Ohio for Kerry





Congressman Alan Grayson



Writers Photo Gallery
   

 

Lorainne Touissant, Kenny Johnson, Holly Hunter, Artie Mandelberg

 


Holly Hunter, Artie Mandelberg, Laura San Giacomo




Leon Rippy, aka "Earl the Angel," Saving Grace

 

 

 

On set of Century City


The Closer



 


The Media Room, The Writer's Strike '08.
 




Larry Wilmore. The Writer's Strike '08. 

     

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