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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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).