Dean Leonard M. Baynes
cordially invites you to the
The Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture

Renee Knake
The Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics
at the University of Houston Law Center

"What Does it Mean to Be the First? Lessons from Women Shortlisted for the US Supreme Court"


March 23, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
University of Houston Law Center
Reception to Follow

An alumnus of Rice University, Yale L. Rosenberg graduated in 1964 from New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He began his career as a law clerk for Judge Oscar H. Davis of the United States Court of Claims in Washington D.C., where he remained until joining the firm of Arnold & Porter. Rosenberg left the firm in 1966 to become Legal Advisor to the New York Mayor's Task Force on the Constitutional Convention. In 1967, he joined the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and worked there until 1972.

In time, Rosenberg would also leave this post to answer his true calling, teaching. His inspired instruction in Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Professional Responsibility, and Jewish Law at the UH Law Center earned him the UH Teaching Excellence Award in 2000. Gus Schill, Adjunct Professor of Law and another former colleague of Rosenberg, estimated that Rosenberg had "touched" over 3,000 students since joining the UH faculty in 1973.

Rosenberg's successful academic career is matched only by his marriage to Irene Merker Rosenberg. Those that knew Yale and Irene marveled at the great love between them, as marriage partners, collaborators, and colleagues for more than 30 years.

The Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund was established to recognize and foster excellence at the UH Law Center. The endowment is used to fund a student writing prize and bring distinguished speakers to the UH Law Center.


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 US 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.

View the 2016 Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture here.

View and download COMPARATIVE AMERICAN AND TALMUDIC CRIMINAL LAW by Irene Merker Rosenberg and Yale L. Rosenberg, a book recently published electronically by the University of Houston Law Center, please click PDF or Flipbook

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