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Deborah Rhode is the Director of the Stanford Center on Ethics at Stanford University School of Law, where she also serves as the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law. Professor Rhode is widely recognized as a legal expert on subjects including gender and the law, ethics and professional responsibility in the legal profession, as well as the role that these issues play in public policy. Professor Rhode has written and lectured extensively around the nation on these subjects.

In 2001, Professor Rhode was the Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. She has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale University, Columbia University Law School, New York University Law School and Harvard Law School. In 1998, Professor Rhode served as Senior Investigative Counsel, Minority Staff for the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives. She began her legal career as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Since 1995 Rhode has been a columnist for the National Law Journal. She has been published widely in law journals and reviews nationwide. She has also been the author or editor of numerous books on the subjects of ethics, discrimination and gender equity.

Rhode is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Momentum, formerly known as NOW Legal Defense Fund. In 2002 she served as Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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