Dawn Renken is an accomplished traveler, having lived places from South Dakota to Texas to Geneva, Switzerland, where she studied international law abroad. Dawn graduated from the University of Texas in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She attended Ohio Northern Law School on a Barrister scholarship, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2003, graduating with distinction, in the top ten percent of her class.
Dawn had a successful law school career, participating in Moot Court, becoming a Moot Court Associate Judge and the National Trial Competition Team Coach; eventually sitting as one of the esteemed Moot Court Board of Advocates. She earned almost every academic accolade awarded in law school, including being invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of Barristers and Willis Society. After earning the A+ Book Award in Criminal Law, Dawn was asked to work as the Criminal Law teaching assistant to the incoming class. Dawn’s grade point average was high enough to earn her a position as an Associate Editor of the Ohio Northern Law Review, later graduating sixth in her class.
Ms. Renken has published two law articles, one on campaign finance reform laws, one on the First Amendment.
Prior to law school, Dawn worked in accounting and business, developing a keen business acumen and knowledge of accounting that has been invaluable in her law career.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys running marathons and participating in triathlons, successfully completing a 70.3 Ironman in 2010. Dawn also enjoys spending time with her dog Misty, who graduated with top honors in Agility Training.
Dawn is certified as an Amicus Attorney, a Guardian Ad Litem and an Attorney Ad Litem through the Children’s Friend in Court Program in Harris County. She is also an active member of the Houston Bar Association, including its Family Law and Construction Law sections. She helps in her community through volunteering with the Houston Bar Association and various other organizations.
Dawn Renken Resume
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