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November 7, 2011


MSU Law Kelley Institute Co-Directors Win Scholarly Paper Competitions

East Lansing, MI — The new co-directors of Michigan State University College of Law’s prestigious Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession have won scholarly paper competitions for two of their latest works.


Associate Professor of Law Renee Newman Knake and Lecturer in Law Hannah Brenner will present their winning papers at the 2012 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting. The meeting will be held in Washington D.C. in January.

Professor Knake’s paper titled “Democratizing the Delivery of Legal Services: On the First Amendment Rights of Corporations and Individuals” was selected in a blind competition for presentation to the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. Knake will present on panel along with the competition’s other winner, David McGowan of the University of San Diego School of Law; Adam Liptak, New York Times columnist and Supreme Court correspondent; and David Udell, visiting professor from practice at Cardozo Law School and executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice.

Rethinking Gender Equality in the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power: A Study on Media Coverage of Supreme Court Nominees (Phase I, The Introduction Week),” a paper co-authored by Professors Knake and Brenner, won the New Voices in Gender Studies paper competition. The professors will present their work at a program on gender, sexuality, and the law that will be sponsored by the AALS Women in Legal Education Section.

Professors Brenner and Knake were named co-directors of the Kelley Institute earlier this year. Professor Brenner’s research and teaching primarily focus on issues of gender, leadership, the legal profession, and violence against women. Professor Knake’s scholarly interests include the law and ethics of lawyering, the legal profession, constitutional law, and the portrayal of lawyers in media and literature. Their recent collaborative research explores gender disparity in the legal profession’s positions of power.

The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession was established to promote ethical education in the law and to bring ethical issues and concerns to light. A cornerstone of the Institute is its dedication to bringing legal thought leaders to the MSU Law campus. Named for Frank J. Kelley, the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history, the Institute builds upon the dedication, professionalism, and ethical code that marked Kelley’s career, including his 37 years of service to the State of Michigan. Professors Brenner and Knake lead the Institute’s focus on ethics and the legal profession through teaching, research, and outreach initiatives.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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