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I am pleased to announce the addition of three outstanding scholars/teachers to our faculty. They each have been described as the most promising faculty members in their generation. Each emerged as “must hires” after a rigorous national search and screening process based upon their academic and scholarship credentials, teaching ability, and, generally, as to whether they would be a “good fit” for the school. These three received high marks in all categories and will start teaching next fall:

Dave FagundesDavid Fagundes: Professor Fagundes is a familiar face around UH Law Center, having spent the past two academic years as a visiting professor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Southwestern’s faculty, he was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School; an associate at the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner & Block, LLP; and a law clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Fagundes’ scholarship focuses on the norms and psychology of tangible and intangible property. His writing has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United; has been selected for presentation via peer review calls for papers at national and international conferences and workshops; and appears regularly in leading law reviews, including the Texas Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Northwestern University Law Review.  Fagundes will teach courses in Property, Statutory Interpretation, the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis, Trusts and Wills. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard College where he earned his A.B. summa cum laude in 1996. He received his J.D. cum laude in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where he served as articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Renee Newman KnakeRenee Newman Knake: Professor Knake will join the Law Center faculty as the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics. She is currently 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; access to justice; and gender and the legal profession. Knake is an author of the casebook Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, and numerous articles. One of her articles won the 2012 Professional Responsibility Section Paper Competition for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, and another paper won the 2012 AALS New Voices in Gender Paper Competition. Her scholarship has been cited in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently she serves as the Reporter for the ABA 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 was an associate at Mayer, Brown in Chicago and Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where she specialized in commercial litigation, telecommunications, and labor/employment law.  At UHLC, she will teach classes in Professional Responsibility.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999.

Gina S. WarrenGina S. Warren: Professor Warren comes to the Law Center from Texas A&M University School of Law where she teaches courses in Energy Law, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources Law, Climate Change & Energy, and Civil Procedure. Her research explores the role of policy and regulation in the area of sustainable energy, with a focus on renewable energy, climate change, and distributed generation. Her scholarship has been cited by the Colorado Supreme Court, and her articles are often among the “Top 10” downloaded articles on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) in energy-related categories.  Warren is a highly sought after speaker, having been invited to speak in many countries, including Mexico, Scotland, and Argentina, to name just a few. Warren is also the incoming chair-elect of the AALS Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law. Prior to entering academia Warren worked as a litigator in energy and utility law for the international law firm of Perkins Coie based in Seattle. At the Law Center, she will teach Oil and Gas, Energy Law and Policy, and International Energy Law.  Warren earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1996 and her J.D. in 2004 from Rutgers University School of Law where she was a member of the Rutgers Law Review.

The Law Center is indeed fortunate to bolster our already exceptional faculty with these exemplars of “The Power of Legal Education.” These three have used their law degrees to great success in and out of the classroom. By sharing their expertise and experience, they will be instrumental in developing UHLC students into outstanding attorneys.

Leonard M Baynes

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center