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Professor Sarah Rogerson has been appointed by New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to the Commission on Parental Legal Representation, which was formed this year to examine and recommend reforms to the system in which parents can receive publicly funded legal representation in family court proceedings.
Chief Judge DiFiore announced the commission during her State of the Judiciary Address in February. The commission is expected to issue a report by the end of the year that will serve as a blueprint—including structural, administrative, and legislative recommendations—for strengthening and making more efficient New York's parental representation system.
Professor Rogerson also was recently appointed Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Immigration Representation. Her other activities included a presentation at NYSBA's Introduction to Immigration Law CLE program in May.
Professor Rogerson is director of the law school's Immigration Law Clinic, an experiential clinical course through which students represent immigrant victims of crime including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Her scholarship is focused on the intersections between domestic violence, family law, race, gender, international law, and immigration law and policy. In 2017, she published "The Politics of Fear: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and the Case of the Southern Border" in the
Villanova Law Review, and she has an article forthcoming in the
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal titled "Sovereign Resistance to Federal Immigration Enforcement in State Courthouses."
Professor Rogerson joined the Albany Law School 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. She also worked at the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc., where she represented immigrant adults and children in cases involving torture, domestic violence, and human trafficking, and as an associate attorney at a law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey.
She earned her M.A. and J.D. degrees from Seton Hall University and her LL.M. from Southern Methodist University.