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Business Organizations, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Property

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Professor W. Sherman Rogers is currently a tenured full Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law School. Professor Rogers received the B.A. degree from Oakwood University in 1973 (summa cum laude), the J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law in 1976 and the LL.M. degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1981. While at Howard University School of Law as a student, the Howard Law Journal invited him to become one of its members which he accepted. Professor Rogers is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. He is also a registered stockbroker, general securities principal, and has life and health insurance licenses.

Professor Rogers has taught at Howard University School of Law School as a full time professor since 1986. During his career, Professor Rogers has taught at a total of six law schools: Miles College Law School, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, Howard University School of Law, Brigham Young University School of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Professor Rogers has taught a number of courses throughout his career in legal education including Corporations, Agency, Partnerships and Other Unincorporated Business Organizations, Property, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Entrepreneurship, Law and Policy, Remedies, Title VII Litigation, and Civil Procedure.

Texas Southernís Student Bar Association voted Professor Rogers as Professor of the Year in his first year of full-time teaching (1983-84). Professor Rogers has subsequently received numerous teaching awards from various law schools. Most recently, Howard Law students voted him Professor of the Year in 2007 and 2009.

Professor Rogers practiced law in various capacities for nearly seven years before accepting a full-time position as an assistant professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1983. His practice experience includes four years of appellate advocacy on behalf of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Professor Rogers argued numerous employment discrimination cases for the Commission in various United States Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal between 1979 and 1983. He has also been involved in several cases which he presented to the United States Supreme Court on writs of certiorari. Professor Rogers has also handled securities fraud and other types of litigation. Professor Rogers serves as an instructor in the National Bar Associationís Crump Law Camp for teens and is involved in a variety of community activities.

Professor Rogers has published important scholarly articles which have been heavily cited. Noteworthy examples of his scholarship include an article titled The Black Quest for Economic Liberty: Legal, Historical and Related Considerations, 48 How. L.J. 1 (2004); and another titled The Constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage: Why They Wonít Survive, 54:1 How. L.J. (2010).

Additionally, Professor Rogers recently authored a book titled The African American Entrepreneur: Then and Now (Greenwood/Praeger/ABC-CLIO 2010). The Howard University Faculty Senate awarded Professor Rogers its prestigious award for scholarship and creativity in 2010 in recognition of his work in writing the book.

Professor Rogers is currently working on a book to be titled A Primer for Understanding the American Economic System: Winners and Losers Under the American Style of Capitalism.


Professional Contributions

updated: August 27, 2014