Feb. 27, 2020 – Renee Knake, the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center, will discuss her research from her upcoming book, "Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court." The work details the stories of nine women who despite being qualified, were passed over for the nation’s highest bench before Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York University Press will publish “Shortlisted” in May.
Knake, who was recently appointed to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, will be one of four speakers at the 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium beginning at 2 p.m. April 2 at the Harris County Law Library. Additional symposium speakers will include 14th Court of Appeals Judge Frances Bourliot, Marie Jamison of Wright, Close & Barger and Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman.
“It’s an honor to be included among this prestigious group of speakers gathering to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of women’s suffrage,” Knake said.
“I’m especially looking forward to sharing my research about Florence Allen, who was the first woman to appear on a presidential shortlist for the Supreme Court and a leading activist in the suffrage movement in Ohio. She worked hard to secure the right for women to vote, and then women elected her to become the first female justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.”
The symposium will contain a traveling exhibit hosted by the American Bar Association that will commemorate the 100-year mark since the ratification 19th Amendment. The Harris County Law Library is the only institution in the Gulf Coast region to host this exhibit.
The event is free of charge. Click here for more information.