W. Sherman Rogers

Professor of Law

J.D., 1976, Howard University
LL.M., 1981, George Washington University Law School
B.S., 1973, Oakwood College


Biography

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.

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 January 2017, Professor Rogers completed a manuscript for an article tentatively titled: Occupational Licensing: Quality Control or Enterprise Killer? Problems That Arise When People Must Get the Government’s Permission to Work. Professor Rogers hopes to publish the article before the end of 2017.

Professor Rogers has also been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He is the author of a book titled The African American Entrepreneur: Then and Now. 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. Professor Rogers intends to use the book in conjunction with a course he plans to teach called Law, Economics and Capitalism.


Publications

Professor Rogers has published important scholarly articles which have been cited by other authors in their works as well as by the judiciary.

A noteworthy example of his scholarship is an article titled The Black Quest for Economic Liberty: Legal, Historical and Related Considerations, 48 How. L.J. 1 (2004).

Various universities have requested permission from Professor Rogers to use this article as resource material for courses in their curriculum. Professor Rogers received a contract from the Greenwood Publishing Group on May 14, 2007 to write a book tentatively titled: The African American Entrepreneur: Then and Now. Professor Rogers also has authored five copyrighted unpublished instructional texts/manuals which he uses in conjunction with his classes.

The five instructional texts are as follows: Study Materials for Corporations and Business Organizations; Getting a Grip on the Structure of Property Law: An Overview of the Course in Property Law; Property Terms and Concepts; Study Materials for Conflict of Laws; and Study Materials for Federal Courts.