HOUSTON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Professor Renee Knake, the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center, will discuss gender equality in the legal profession as the featured speaker of the annual Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture at the Law Center on March 23.
Knake's lecture is titled, "What Does it Mean to Be the First? Lessons from Women Shortlisted for the U.S. Supreme Court."
A discussion panel moderated by Dean Leonard M. Baynes will follow Knake's lecture. Panelists include: Judge Vanessa Gilmore, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Kay McCall, President, CEO and GC at Noble Environmental Power, Dianne Ralston, Chief Legal Officer of TechnipFMC plc, and Doris Rodriguez, a partner at Andrews Kurth Kenyon.
Knake joined the Law Center faculty in 2016 after serving as the Foster Swift Professor of Legal Ethics and co-director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession at Michigan State University College of Law. In 2015, she served as scholar-in-residence at Stanford Law School's Center on the Legal Profession and as a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation. Her expertise and research interests include the First Amendment and the regulation of attorney speech; legal ethics, especially conflicts of interest; access to justice; innovation in the delivery of legal services; and gender and the legal profession.
Knake is an author of the casebook "Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach," and numerous scholarly articles. Her work has been cited in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as a range of media including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Law, and the ABA Journal. From 2014-2016, she served as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services. Her work on entrepreneurship and innovation in legal services has been recognized by numerous national awards and private grant funding.
Before her academic career, Knake practiced law at Mayer, Brown in Chicago and Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va., where she specialized in commercial litigation, telecommunications, and labor/employment law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999.
The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., March 23, at the University of Houston Law Center with a reception to follow. Please visit www.law.uh.edu/rosenberg for more information or to register for the event.
The Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund was established to recognize and foster excellence at the Law Center. The endowment is used to fund a student writing prize and bring distinguished speakers to the Law Center.
Rosenberg was a Law Center professor who taught administrative law, civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, professional responsibility, and Jewish Law. He was the first Law Center professor to receive the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Houston. He passed away in 2002.
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