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Legal History Seminar: Shortlisted: Women, Diversity, the Supreme Court & Beyond


This is one of a series of Legal History Seminars hosted by the Faculty of Law.

Start Date

Apr 18, 2019 1:00 pm

End Date

Apr 18, 2019 2:00 pm


Faculty of Law Staff Room, Level 3, Room 3.10

RSVP / Contact

Please RSVP for catering purposes by 5pm Monday, 15 April to

Professor Renee Newman Knake

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation,

RMIT University and Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, University of Houston

Bio: Renee Newman Knake is a Professor of Law and the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center. She also currently holds the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2019 and was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School's Center on the Legal Profession and the American Bar Foundation in 2015. Her award-winning publications (three books and over 20 articles) have been cited in prestigious law reviews like the Yale Law Journal and a range of media including Bloomberg Law CNN the Houston Chronicle, National Public Radio, and the Wall Street Journal. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was appointed as Reporter for the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services. She also served as a delegate to the World Economic Form Global Agenda Councils on Justice and Rule of Law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Abstract: Leadership in the legal profession does not reflect the public it serves, even though women have entered law in numbers equal to men for decades. Based upon her forthcoming book "Shortlisted: Women, Diversity, the Supreme Court & Beyond", Professor Knake shares surprising revelations about women shortlisted for the U.S. Supreme Court to inspire individuals and to aid organisations in bringing diversity to their leadership ranks. See an article in Lawyers Weekly about the book that will be discussed.