Honoring Deborah Rhode (January 29, 1952 – January 8, 2021)

January 29, 2021
Deborah Rhode
The Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) honors the legacy of Deborah Rhode, a world-renowned scholar in the study of legal ethics and the legal profession and the nation’s most frequently cited legal ethics scholar. Rhode was a tireless advocate for women, people of color, and others who felt marginalized.
Rhode would have been 69 today, and in honor of her birthday, we share a letter nominating Rhode for the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Established by the ABA Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have inspired other women lawyers. The joint nomination was led by David Wilkins, Kissel Professor of Law, and WAPPP's nonresident leader in practice Rangita de Siva de Alwis and was submitted by Dean Jenny Martinez, Dean of Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School alumna. Theodore Ruger, Dean of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, writes: “Professor Deborah Rhode had an immensely important impact on the academy and the broader contours of American Law, and through her scholarship and mentorship advancing women’s leadership and equality in the law has deeply influenced teachers and students. Her work remains central to all of us who teach and write about professional ethics, and her specific role in lending her expertise and vision to help launch our pathbreaking Women, Law & Leadership program was inspirational to both faculty and students here.”