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Renee Newman Knake Lawyer Profile

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Professor Knake (pronounced "kah-NAH-kee") joined the Michigan State University College of Law faculty in 2006. She received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 1999. During 2015, she is on sabbatical leave as a Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford Law School and as a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation. Professor Knake's expertise and research interests include the First Amendment and the regulation of attorney speech; legal ethics; and gender and the legal profession. Her scholarly articles have been published in top academic journals such as Connecticut Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Washington & Lee Law Review. She is also a co-author for the casebook Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West Publishing). Professor Knake has been invited to speak about her work at a number of leading law schools including Arizona, Connecticut, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, Stanford, Washington & Lee, and Yale. She also has delivered talks to organizations such as the American Bar Association National Conference on Professional Responsibility, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Legal Services Board (UK). Her research has been featured in a range of media including the Wall Street Journal, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Legal Futures (UK), Law Society Gazette (UK), and Bloomberg Law. At the Law College, Professor Knake teaches courses related to the regulation of lawyers and courts, including Federal Jurisdiction, First Amendment and Regulation of Lawyers' Speech, and Professional Responsibility. Among Professor Knake's administrative responsibilities, she currently serves as co-director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession. In 2014, she was appointed as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services. In 2015, she was named to the State Bar of Michigan 21st Century Law Practice Task Force. She also is a delegate to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Justice. Professor Knake's scholarship and teaching are inspired by her years of law practice. Before her academic career, she worked as an associate at Mayer, Brown in Chicago, Illinois, and Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where she specialized in commercial litigation, telecommunications, and labor/employment law. She also served as Assistant City Attorney for Charlottesville, Virginia. She is admitted to practice in Michigan, Virginia (associate), and Illinois (inactive).

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