Renee Knake is an author and law professor. She regularly consults on matters related to lawyer/judicial ethics, innovation in legal services, gender diversity in leadership roles, and the first amendment and lawyer speech.

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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
‘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
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.
‘If a judge is allowed to retire and end any formal investigation into whether misconduct occurred in a particular instance at the individual level, it may be the investigation at an institutional level is never triggered. I do not think that the reforms go far enough to ensure that this sort of follow-up process will occur in every instance. Policies like this are why we see institutions that have allowed abuses to continue for years, even decades,’ University of Houston professor Knake said.
— Law360