U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Diane Ralston, '94
Vice President and General Counsel at FMC Technologies
Doris Rodriguez, '80
Partner, Andrews Kurth Kenyon
YALE L. ROSENBERG MEMORIAL LECTURE
An alumnus of Rice University, Yale L. Rosenberg graduated in 1964 from New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Rosenberg joined the University of Houston Law Center in 1972 to pursue his true calling of teaching after a distinguished career in government. His inspired instruction in Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Professional Responsibility, and Jewish Law at the UH Law Center earned him the UH Teaching Excellence Award in 2000. An award-winning scholar, Rosenberg has been called “America’s prophet” for his analysis of the decline of federal habeas corpus. Rosenberg’s successful academic career was matched only by his marriage to Irene Merker Rosenberg. Those who knew Yale and Irene marveled at the great love between them for more than 30 years, as marriage partners, collaborators, and colleagues.
The Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund was established to recognize and foster excellence at the UH Law Center. The endowment is used to fund a student writing prize and to bring distinguished speakers to the UH Law Center.
Yale L. Rosenberg
Professor Renee Knake joined the Law Center faculty in 2016 after serving as the Foster Swift Professor of Legal Ethics and co-director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession at Michigan State University College of Law. In 2015, she served as scholar-in-residence at Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and as a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation. Her expertise and research interests include the First Amendment and the regulation of attorney speech; legal ethics, especially conflicts of interest; access to justice; innovation in the delivery of legal services; and gender and the legal profession.
Knake is an author of the casebook “Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach,” and numerous scholarly articles. Her work has been cited in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as a range of media including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Law, and the ABA Journal. From 2014-2016, she served as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services. Her work on entrepreneurship and innovation in legal services has been recognized by numerous national awards and private grant funding.
Before her academic career, Knake practiced law at Mayer, Brown in Chicago and Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va., where she specialized in commercial litigation, telecommunications, and labor/employment law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999.
Prof. Renee Knake
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