The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Renee  Knake

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Renee Knake

Professor of Law

Renee Knake is a Professor of Law and the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center. She 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 was a scholar-in-residence at Stanford Law School's Center on the Legal Profession and 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; judicial ethics; access to justice; innovation in the delivery of legal services; and gender and the legal profession.

Professor Knake's scholarship has been cited in briefs before the US Supreme Court as well as a range of media including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Law, and the ABA Journal. She is an author of the casebook Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West Publishing, 2nd Edition 2013) as well as numerous scholarly articles. From 2014-2016, she served as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services. Professor Knake became a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2016, "an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession, … limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction." In 2013, she was named an ABA Journal Legal Rebel and a member of the Fastcase 50, an annual award that "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law."

Before her academic career, Professor 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.