The Women’s Law Caucus
on the law school’s Delaware campus has given its second-annual Women’s Advocate Award to Associate Professor Dana Harrington Conner
The award honors an individual for his or her achievement and contributions that directly advance women in the legal profession and advocate for women in the community. It was given April 6 during a reception in the Barristers’ Club.
Harrington Conner directs the Delaware Civil Clinic
at Widener Law, where she supervises students admitted to the limited practice of law with a primary focus on providing representation to survivors of domestic violence. She teaches in the areas of domestic violence, violence against women and professional responsibility.
Early in her career, Harrington Conner became one of the first attorneys in Delaware to represent domestic violence victims seeking civil protections from their abusers. During her term as the domestic violence attorney for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services she assisted countless victims in obtaining protection from abuse orders. She went on to become managing attorney of DVLS in 1996 and joined the full-time faculty at Widener Law in 2004.
As an advocate for the rights of battered women, Harrington Conner serves on the Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and co-chairs the Fatal Incident Review Team, which reviews deaths that occur as the result of domestic violence.
She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and her law degree from Widener Law in 1992.
“Professor Harrington Conner has dedicated her career to helping improve the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of women as they seek lives free from violence and fear,” said Kim Everhart, president of the Women’s Law Caucus. “She is an inspiration to women throughout the legal profession and even more so to those of us who aspire to be part of that profession.”
The Women’s Law Caucus promotes the advancement of women in law school, the legal community and greater society by providing both male and female Widener students a variety of enriching personal and professional opportunities on and off campus.