Wayne State University
Sarah Abramowicz
Sarah Abramowicz
Associate Professor of Law
Room 3234
(313) 577-3986


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


Sarah Abramowicz is an associate 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

Nature, Nurture, Narrative, Law: Oliver Twist, the Wellesley Case, and the Victorian Anxiety About Parentage (forthcoming, Nineteenth-Century Literature); selected for 2013 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop.

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).



June 24, 2014
Sarah Abramowicz is the author of "Adoption and the Limits of Contract in Victorian Adoption Case Law and George Eliot's Silas Marner." The article is one of two selected for presentation at the session on Law and the Humanities for the 2014 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. The forum showcases papers selected on a blind basis by a jury of accomplished scholars. 

In The News

June 25, 2014
Sarah Abramowicz was the focus of a Legal News article titled "Wayne Law professor's article chosen for Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum June 28."

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