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. ​



  • The Politics of Fear: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and the Case of the Southern Border, Villanova Law Review (April 12, 2016)» Link to Publication

  • "Consider children when designing immigration system" (op-ed) (Albany Times Union, Jan. 7, 2016)Consider-children-when-designing-immigration-6741313.php

  • “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

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson will be honored at the Legal Aid Society's 2016 Pro Bono Publico Awards in New York City on October 26, 2016.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson contributed to a workshop discussing “Integrating Practice Components into Doctrinal Teaching” at the Upstate Clinical Conference at Cornell Law School on August 10, 2016. 

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson was appointed to the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Children and the Law on June 1, 2016.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson participated as a panelist in the forum "New York State and the Importance of Immigration" at the Rockefeller Institute of Government on March 29, 2016.

  • ​Professor Sarah Rogerson presented at the CLE seminar entitled "Emerging Appellate Issues Regarding Special Immigrant Juveniles" for Appellate Division Third Department court attorneys at the New York State Bar Association headquarters on February 4, 2016.

  • 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, director of the Law Clinic & Justice Center and its Immigration Law Clinic, was quoted in the article "Albany forum examines power of immigrants in the Empire State" in the Times Union on March 29, 2016.

    "After just nine months, a new Immigration Law Clinic at Albany Law School has recruited bilingual University at Albany students to help with translation services, trained 200 volunteer law students and lawyers to assist unaccompanied minors and supported dozens of battered women whose abusers control them by threatening to have them deported," the Times Union wrote.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson was featured on the CBS 6 (WRGB-TV) evening newscast following the event "Immigrant Children & Family Courts in New York State: Challenges and Avenues for Relief" on January 20, 2016.

  • Professor Sarah Rogerson's op-ed, "Consider children when designing immigration system," appeared on Page 1 of the Times Union's Perspective section on January 7, 2016.