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MSU College of Law



February 7, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love

MSU Law Professor Coordinates Online Symposium on Ethics and Economic Pressures in Legal Education

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University of Law Professor Renee Newman Knake organized a three-day online symposium on “Legal Education’s Response to the Economic Realities Facing the Profession” held at the Legal Ethics Forum from Monday, Feb. 6, to Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The interactive conversation features scholars on the legal profession posting contributions about how economic pressures affect the way law students are taught.

“My goal in creating this online, interactive symposium is to inspire a meaningful conversation about how law schools can better serve and prepare our students in light of the economic realities they face,” explained Professor Knake.

Professor Knake will be joined by more than 20 contributors from around the world, including MSU Law Professors Hannah Brenner and Daniel Martin Katz.

Professors Knake and Brenner were named co-directors of the Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession in 2011. The Institute was established to promote ethical education in the law and to bring ethical issues and concerns to light. 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 innovation in legal services delivery.

Knake recently teamed up with Professor Katz to create and co-direct MSU Law’s 21st Century Law Practice Summer Program in London, which is a first-of-its-kind program designed to prepare students for technology-infused law jobs of the future. They will lead the inaugural session of this program from June 17 through July 3, 2012.

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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