Deborah Rhode

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Deborah L. Rhode
Website [[1]]]
Academic background
Alma mater Yale Law School
Academic work
Institutions Stanford Law School
Main interests Legal ethics, women in leadership
Notable works The Beauty Bias

Deborah L. Rhode is an American jurist. She is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, the director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of Stanford's Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship.[1] She has authored over 250 articles and over 20 books, including Women and Leadership, Lawyers as Leaders, and The Beauty Bias, and is the nation's most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics.[2][3][4]

Education and Early Career[edit]

Rhode received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Yale University in 1974.[1] She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Yale debate team. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977.[1]

Following law school, Rhode clerked for Judge Murray Gurfein of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1977 to 1978 and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1978 to 1979.[1][5]

Academic career[edit]

Rhode joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 1979 and was the second woman on the faculty.[1][6] At Stanford, Rhode taught the law school's first class on gender and the law.[6]

Rhode is a former president of the Association of American Law Schools, the former founding president of the International Association of Legal Ethics, the former chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, the founder and former director of Stanford's Center on Ethics, and the former director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.[1]

During the Clinton administration, Rhode served as senior investigative counsel to the minority members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and advised them on presidential impeachment issues.[1] Currently, Rhode is the vice chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Momentum (formerly the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund) and is a columnist for The National Law Journal.[1] She is a former member of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University.[1]

Rhode has received the American Bar Association's Outstanding Scholar Award; the American Bar Association’s Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award; the American Bar Foundation’s W. M. Keck Foundation Award for distinguished scholarship on legal ethics; the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award; and the White House's Champion of Change Award for her work on access to justice.[1]

Rhode is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the most-cited legal scholar in legal ethics, as found by both a 2007 and a 2015 study,[4][7] and is the third most-cited female legal scholar overall.[8] A 2012 study identified Rhode as one of the 50 most relevant law professors in the nation.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Rhode is married to Ralph Cavanagh, a senior attorney and co-director of Natural Resources Defense Council's energy program.

Selected publications[edit]


  • Rhode, Deborah L. (1989). Justice and gender. Harvard University Press.  Preview.
  • Rhode, Deborah L., ed. (1990). Theoretical perspectives on sexual difference. Yale University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Hazard, Geoffrey (1993). The legal profession: responsibility and regulation (3rd ed.). Foundation Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Lawson, Annette, eds. (1993). The politics of pregnancy: adolescent sexuality and public policy. Yale University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Allen Babcock, Barbara; Freedman, Ann E.; Deller Ross, Susan; Webster Williams, Wendy; Copelon, Rhonda; Taub, Nadine H. (1996). Sex discrimination and the law. Little, Brown & Co. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (1997). Speaking of sex. Harvard University Press.  Preview.
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (1998). Professional responsibility: ethics by the pervasive method (2nd ed.). Aspen. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L., ed. (2000). Ethics in practice. Oxford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2000). In the interests of justice. Oxford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Bartlett, Katharine T.; Harris, Angela P. (2002). Gender and law: theory, doctrine and commentary. Aspen. [10]
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Hazard, Jr., Geoffrey (2002). Professional responsibility and regulation. Foundation Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L., ed. (2003). The difference difference makes: women and leadership. Stanford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Luban, David (2004). Legal ethics (4th ed.). Foundation Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2004). Access to justice. Oxford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Ogletree, Jr., Charles J., eds. (2004). Brown at fifty: the unfinished legacy. American Bar Association. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2005). Pro bono in principle and in practice: public service and the profession. Stanford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Bartlett, Katharine T. (2006). Gender and law: theory, doctrine, and commentary. Aspen Press. [10]
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2006). Moral leadership: the theory and practice of power, judgment, and policy. Jossey Bass.  Preview. Preview from Stanford.
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2006). In pursuit of knowledge: scholars, status, and academic culture. Stanford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Kellerman, Barbara, eds. (2007). Women and leadership: the state of play and strategies for change. Jossey-Bass. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2010). Gender law and policy. Aspen Press.  Details.
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2010). The beauty bias: the injustice of appearance in life and law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195372878.  Preview from Stanford. Preview from Oxford University Press. Article: Dallas News.
  • Rhode, Deborah L.; Bartlett, Katharine T.; Grossman, Joanna (2013). Gender and law: theory, doctrine, and commentary (6th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2013). Lawyers as leaders. Oxford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2014). What women want: an agenda for the women's movement. Oxford University Press. 
  • Rhode, Deborah L. (2015). The trouble with lawyers. Oxford University Press. 

Journal articles[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Deborah L. Rhode – Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law". Stanford University. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Professor Deborah Rhode Discusses Appearance Discrimination". Columbia Law School. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Chelsey, Kate (February 12, 2014). "Rhode receives award for outstanding scholarship". Stanford University. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Perlman, Andrew (January 5, 2015). "Top Cited Professional Responsibility/Legal Profession Scholars". Legal Ethics Forum. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Deborah L. Rhode | C.V." Stanford Law School. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b Miracle, Pam (March 30, 2015). "What Women Want". The Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Leiter, Brian (December 18, 2007). "Most Cited Law Professors by Specialty, 2000-2007". Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ Leiter, Brian. "Top 25 Law Faculties In Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009". Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Phillips, James Cleith; Yoo, John (3 September 2012). "The Cite Stuff: Inventing a Better Law Faculty Relevance Measure". UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2140944. SSRN 2140944Freely accessible. 
  10. ^ a b "Katharine T. Bartlett Bibliography". Duke Law. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 

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