Renee Newman Knake
Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law
Professor Renee Knake joined the Michigan State University College of Law faculty in 2006. She received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.
Renee’s scholarly interests include the law and ethics of lawyering, the legal profession, constitutional law, and law and literature. She frequently speaks nationally and internationally about her research, and she has published numerous articles related to these topics. Her most recent research examines intersections between the law of lawyering and constitutional law. Another area of focus in Professor Knake's current scholarship is the advancement of women in the legal profession and the portrayal of lawyers in media, literature, and culture.
Renee teaches Professional Responsibility and a seminar, Topics in Professional Responsibility: The First Amendment and Regulation of Lawyers' Speech. Professor Knake's teaching and scholarship on the legal profession are inspired by her years of law practice. Before her academic career, Professor Knake worked as an associate Mayer, Brown, & Platt 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).
Renee is a regular contributor the Legal Ethics Forum, a blog repeatedly recognized by the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100-law-related blogs in the nation.