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Journal recognizes Professor Knake Jefferson's book “Shortlisted” for outstanding legal writing

University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson, the Newell H. Blakely Chair and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute.

Aug. 9, 2021 - The Green Bag Almanac & Reader recently named a book co-authored by University of Houston Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson as "Exemplary Legal Writing" among books published in 2020.

“SHORTLISTED: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court” was released in May of last year. The book examines the personal and professional lives of nine women who were considered, and ultimately passed over, for seats on the U.S. Supreme Court. It profiles stories of the highly qualified female jurists who were included on presidential lists of potential nominees dating back to the 1930s. Each seat went to a male until 1981 when then-President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor. To date, only four of the 114 justices have been women.

“It is an honor to have the book recognized in this way,” said Jefferson. “I hope this encourages others to pick up the book and read about the incredible stories of these forgotten women who paved the way for others in the legal profession and beyond.”

Knake Jefferson is a professor of law and holds the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the Law Center, and serves as Director of Law Center Outcomes and Assessments. She teaches courses on constitutional law, legal ethics and leadership. To learn more about the book, visit

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