J.D., 1976, Howard University
LL.M., 1981, George Washington University Law School
B.S., 1973, Oakwood College
W. Sherman Rogers is an attorney and a tenured Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. He is also a registered stockbroker, general securities principal, and has life and health insurance licenses. During his career, Professor Rogers has taught at 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, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Professor Rogers has taught a number of courses during his career in legal education. They include: Corporations; Securities Regulation; Agency, Partnerships and Other Unincorporated Business Organizations; Property; Federal Courts; Conflict of Laws; Entrepreneurship, Law and Policy; Remedies; Title VII Litigation; and Civil Procedure.
Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Rogers practiced law in both the private and government sectors. During this time period, Professor Rogers, among other things, argued appellate cases for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between 1979 and 1983 in the various United States Circuit Courts of Appeal. Some of the cases that Professor argued during that time include the following:
EEOC v. Liggett and Meyers, Inc., 690 F.2d 1072 (4th Cir. 1982);
EEOC v. County of Allegheny, 705 F.2d 697 (3d Cir. 1983);
Brown v. A.J.Gerrard Manufacturing Co., 643 F.2d 273 (5th Cir. 1981);
Carlile v. South Routt School District, 652 F.2d 981 (10th Cir. 1981);
EEOC v. Zippo Manufacturing Co., 713 F.2d 32 (5th 1983);
Branch v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 638 F.2d 873 (5th Cir. 1981);
EEOC v. Consolidated Management, 747 F2d 1105 (7th Cir. 1984).
Professor Rogers has also written several Petitions for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of various law firms. The subject matter of those Petitions include the following:
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 [Doe v. A Corporation, A Pension Plan, and An Insurance Company, No. 86-256, October 1986 Term)
Federal Securities Fraud Under the 1933 Securities Act and the 1934 Securities and Exchange Act [Topalian, et al. v. Ehrman, et al., October 1991 Term]
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) [Dulan v. Huntsville Hospital Association, Inc. and Dr. Andershock, October 2006 Term ]
Requirements for Re-Vesting State Courts With Jurisdiction After a Federal Court Remand of a Removal Petition Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447 (c) [Miguel Angel Gonzalez Guilbot, et al., v. Maria Del Carmen Guilbot Serros De Gonzalezet et al., October 2010 Term]
Considerations That Permit the United States Supreme Court to Review a Case Decided by a State Supreme Court on a Purportedly Independent and Adequate State Ground [Miguel Angel Gonzalez Guilbot v. In the Estate of Miguel Angel Luis Gonzalez, et al., October 2013 Term]
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 Won’t Survive, 54 How. L.J. 125 (2010).
In May 2017, the Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law chose Professor Rogers’ article titled Occupational Licensing: Quality Control or Enterprise Killer? Problems That Arise When People Must Get the Government’s Permission to Work, 10 J. Bus. Entrepreneurship & L. 145 (2017), as the lead article for that issue.
Professor Rogers has also been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He is the author of a best-selling book titled The African American Entrepreneur: Then and Now (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2009). The Howard University Faculty Senate awarded Professor Rogers its prestigious award for scholarship and creativity in 2010 in recognition of his work in writing that book.
On June 28, 2016, Professor Rogers published a book titled Winners and Losers in the American Capitalistic Economy: A Primer (Colmar Publishing). Professor Rogers intends to use the book in conjunction with a course he plans to teach called Law, Economics and Capitalism.