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  • August Business, Getting to Terms with Legal + Tech, June 26, 2019

  • Josef Legal, Interview with Renee Knake, Founder of One of the First Law Labs

  • Law360, Escape Hatch Remains for Judges Accused of Misconduct, April 17, 2019

  • Lawyers Weekly, Redressing Gender Disparity in Legal Leadership, April 2, 2019

  • CNN, Judges Urged to Make Complaint System More Transparent, October 30, 2018

  • Bloomberg, Ban on Courthouse Romance Proposed to Stem Judiciary Harassment, October 30, 2018

  • National Law Journal, Witnesses Say Judiciary Needs More Transparency and Reporting Options on Sexual Misconduct, October 30, 2018

  • BuzzFeed News, The Judiciary Has a Plan to Deal With Sexual Harassment. Law Students, Former Clerks and Professors Say It’s Not Enough, October 30, 2018

  • Texas Standard Radio Show, Law Professor Says Determining Whether Donald Trump Committed ‘High Crimes’ Will Be Up to Congress, August 23, 2018

  • Slate, Jurisprudence: The Boys on the Bench—All the Lame Excuses Conservatives are Making to Explain Why the President Isn’t Nominating Female Judges, July 26, 2018

  • Houston Chronicle, Trump Should Select a Woman from his SCOTUS Shortlist, July 9, 2018

  • Forbes, Unauthorized Practice of Law Claims Threaten Access to Justice, May 8, 2018

  • Bloomberg, Texas Death Row Inmate Back at High Court, Claiming Conflict, April 24, 2018

  • National Law Review, Leading Voices Weigh in on TIKD Antitrust Suit, April 4, 2018

  •, The Ethics of Legal Analytics, March 23, 2018

  • Law360, Five Mistakes Millennial Attorneys Make on Social Media, March 20, 2018

  • Law360, End Legal Monopoly With Antitrust Review, Law Prof Says, March 16, 2018

  • Texas Standard Radio Show, When a Defendant is Mistreated in Court, Who Polices the Judges? March 9, 2018

  • ABA Journal, Opinion Makes Exception for Generally Known Info, March 1, 2018

  • Christian Science Monitor, For Politicians Facing Misconduct Charges, No Firings, Nov. 30, 2017

  • Above the Law, Law Schools Should Teach Innovation, Nov. 22, 2017

  • CNN Money, Sexual Harassment Tipping Point: Why Now? Nov. 21, 2017

  • The Lawyerist, Big, Unanswered Questions on Big Data and Ethical Obligations, Sept. 29, 2016

  • National Public Radio, All Things Considered, Out of State Lawyers Descend on Flint, Michigan, Aid Water Crisis, April 14, 2016

  • ABA Journal, Best Way to Boost Access to Justice? Change Ethics Rules, ‘13 Legal Rebel Renee Knake Says, Aug. 28, 2013

  • Wall Street Journal, Women Notch Progress: Females Now Constitute One-Third of Nation’s Ranks of Lawyers, Dec. 5, 2012

  • Detroit Legal News, Pipeline to Power Symposium Explores Gender Equality in the Legal Profession, Apr. 11, 2011

  • ABA Journal, Seduced: For Lawyers, the Appeal of Social Media Is Obvious. It’s Also Dangerous, Feb. 1, 2011

  • National Law Journal, Lawyering Suits Pile Up at High Court, July 6, 2010

  • National Law Journal, High Court Justices to Take Up Lawyer Ethics, Errors, Sept. 28, 2009

Renee Knake is a legal ethicist. She concedes the system isn’t perfect, but at least it’s a way for people in Flint to get the legal help they need. ‘I guess my larger problem as an ethicist is, what does it mean to be in a country where people with basic needs like clean water don’t have legal representation to help them navigate the system when government has failed?’
— National Public Radio
Professor Renee Knake, Professor of Law & Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, University of Houston Law Center, says, ‘I am not surprised to see the DOJ taking an official action in this case, and while I cannot predict the future, it seems likely to me that the DOJ will continue to be proactive in this way to the extent other lawyer regulators act in anticompetitive ways that reduce consumer choice.’
— Forbes
Renee Newman Knake, a University of Houston law professor, told a joint judicial panel on misconduct that women are pressured ‘to endure harassment silently.’ She encouraged judicial leaders to survey employees to understand the extent of sexual misconduct by judges and spur accountability.
There’s no additional law that we can turn to for a specific definition,’ she says. ‘It’s ultimately up to the House of Representatives…to decide to impeach a president. ‘Whether [an impeachment] breaks down across party lines, well, that’s a question for the politicians to answer and ultimately for the people who elected them,’ Knake says.
— Texas Standard