Faculty Information

  • Biography

    B.A., Hillsdale College
    M.A., Seton Hall University
    J.D., Seton Hall University
    LL.M., Southern Methodist University

    Professor Rogerson joined the faculty in 2011 after completing a two-year Clinical Teaching Fellowship at University of Baltimore School of Law, where she taught and supervised students enrolled in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Professor Rogerson Directs the Immigration Law Clinic, an experiential course through which students represent immigrant victims of crime including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault. Her students also regularly participate in related legislative advocacy initiatives. Professor Rogerson combines her experience as a public interest attorney representing immigrant adults and children in cases involving torture, domestic violence, human trafficking and guardianship petitions at the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. with her scholarly interests examining failures in legal systems. Her scholarship is focused on the intersections between domestic violence, family law, race, gender, international law and immigration law and policy. Immediately after graduation from Seton Hall Law School, Professor Rogerson worked for several years as an associate attorney at a law firm with practices in New York and New Jersey. ​



  • Professor Sarah Rogerson published the chapter “Using Hip-Hop’s Lyrical Narrative to Inform and Critique the Family Justice System” in the book "Hip Hop and the Law" (edited by: Pamela Bridgewater, André Douglas Pond Cummings, Donald F. Tibbs), published by Carolina Academic Press (August 2015).

  • Lack of Detained Parents’ Access to the Family Justice System and the Unjust Severance of the Parent-Child Relationship (Summer 2013, The Family Law Quarterly – a journal of the American Bar Association Family Law Section)

  • Domesticating Due Diligence: Municipal Tort Litigation's Potential to Address Failed Enforcement of Orders of Protection, 21 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and Law 101 (2013)Article on SSRN

  • Unintended and Unavoidable: The Failure to Protect Rule and Its Consequences for Undocumented Parents and their Children, Family Court Review, Vol. 50, pp. 580, 2012Article on SSRN

  • Waiting for Alvarado: How Administrative Delay Harms Immigrant Victims of Gender-Based Violence, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 1811 (2009)papers.cfm

  • The “Necessity Defense” and Emerging Arbitral Conflict in its Application to the US-Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty, 13 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 547 (2007)​​Article on SSRN

Forthcoming Publications

  • Using Hip-Hop's Lyrical Narrative to Inform and Critique the Family Justice System (forthcoming)

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson was named to the new Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks on October 5, 2015.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson participated in a panel on “Emerging Issues in State-based Immigration Reform” as part of the Government Law Center's 2015 Warren M. Anderson Legislative Seminar Series on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson was invited by the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to participate in a roundtable on July 22, 2014, discussing how OVW and law school clinical programs can collaborate to increase access to legal services and support for survivors.
  • Professor Sarah Rogerson discussed "Challenges and Creative Solutions: Domestic Violence in the Context of Municipal Tort and Immigartion Law" for the Appellate Division, Third Department, on Sept. 19, 2013.
  • Professor Sarah Rogerson, at Hofstra Law’s symposium called “Immigrants and the Family Court,” presented her research on a panel titled “How Undocumented Status Affects Children and Families,” on Friday, Nov. 9. The presentation was based on a paper Professor Rogerson wrote for an upcoming Family Court Review.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson presented her article "Due Diligence Defined: The Potential of Municipal Tort Liability for Failed Enforcement of Orders of Protection" at CUNY School of Law on Oct. 10, 2012. The paper is soon to be published in the American Journal of Gender, Social Policy & Law.

In the News

  • ​Professor Sarah Rogerson was interviewed for the segment "Director Discusses New Immigration Law Clinic" that aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on April 21, 2015.

  • ​"The goal for students in clinic is to give them transferrable skills that they’ll be able to take into a profession," says Sarah Rogerson, director of the Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center.

    From the article "Albany Law expanding clinics to give students hands-on experience" in the Albany Business Review on April 22, 2015.

  • ​Professor Sarah Rogerson was a guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter to dicuss New York state's role in immigration assistance on Feb. 24, 2015.

  • "We know for a fact, these children face a very perilous journey up through the southern board, it's not an easy journey and at some point there's opportunity to be exploited by human trafficking circles," said Sarah Rogerson, a professor at Albany Law School.


    "Children have been coming to this country for a very long time. The fact that we have a greater volume of children arriving at a certain point is something we need to address, but we have the infrastructure currently to welcome these children," said Rogerson.

    From the segment "Feds looking for place to house immigrant kids" by WRGB CBS 6 News in Albany on July 9, 2014.
  • Professor Sarah Rogerson authored the article “Lessons in Real World Service” in the July 2013 issue of Loudonville & Latham Life.
  • Professor Sarah Rogerson's letter to the editor "Ongoing domestic violence fight" was published by the Times Union on March 14, 2013.
  • Professor Sarah Rogerson was interviewed about the new Immigration Project on WNYT's Forum 13 on Dec. 30, 2012.