Wayne State University
Sarah Abramowicz
Sarah Abramowicz
Assistant Professor of Law
Room 3249
(313) 577-3986


Ph.D., Columbia University
J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., Stanford University



Sarah Abramowicz is an assistant professor of law at Wayne State University Law School. Her scholarship focuses on the history of child custody law and of adoption, and on the place of childhood in the troubled intersection between family law and other areas of law, especially contract law. She has taught courses on family law, contracts, and law and literature.

 Abramowicz holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Columbia University. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was a Review & Essays Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. After receiving her J.D., she was awarded a fellowship in the Program on Careers in Law Teaching at Columbia Law School. She then served as a law clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Courses Taught

Family Law, Contracts, Adoption in Law and Literature

Selected Publications

Contractualizing Custody, 82 Fordham L. Rev. __ (forthcoming).

Beyond Family Law, 63 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 293 (2012).

A Family Law Perspective on Parental Incarceration
, 50 Fam. Ct. Rev. 228 (2012).

The Legal Regulation of Gay and Lesbian Families as Interstate Immigration Law, 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 11 (2012).

Rethinking Parental Incarceration, 82 U. Colo. L. Rev. 793 (2011).

Childhood and the Limits of Contract, 21 Yale J.L. & Human. 37 (2009).

Note, English Child Custody Law, 1660-1839: The Origins of Judicial Intervention in Paternal Custody, 99 Colum. L. Rev. 1344 (1999).


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