Associate Professor of Law
B.A., University of South Carolina
J.D., Widener University School of Law
Associate Professor Dana Harrington Conner teaches in the areas of domestic violence, violence against women, and professional responsibility at Widener University School of Law. She is the current director of the Delaware Civil Clinic (DCC), supervising law students admitted to the limited practice of law. The primary focus of the DCC is the representation of survivors of domestic violence.
Early in her legal career, Professor Harrington Conner became one of the first attorneys in the State of Delaware to represent victims of domestic violence seeking civil protection from their abusers. During her term as the Domestic Violence Attorney for Delaware Volunteer Legal Service, she assisted countless victims obtain protection orders and successfully argued the Review of Commissioners' Decisions, helping to define the new law in Delaware. In 1996, she became the Managing Attorney of Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and the Supervising Attorney of the DCC, where she served until joining the full-time faculty of Widener School of Law in 2004.
As an advocate for the rights of battered women, Professor Harrington Conner serves as a member of the Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, as an executive committee member and the co-chair of the Fatal Incident Review Team (FIRT). FIRT is responsible for reviewing deaths that occur as a result of domestic violence in the State of Delaware in an effort to reduce the occurrence of intimate partner homicide.
In 2002, the American Inns of Court presented Professor Harrington Conner with the Sandra Day O'Connor Professional Service Award for her outstanding work in public interest, pro bono and community service. The award was presented during the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the United States Supreme Court. Professor Harrington Conner is also the recipient of the Delaware State Bar Association's 2002 New Lawyers Distinguished Service Award for leadership dedicated to humanitarian service.
Professor Harrington Conner serves as a member of the Delaware Family Law Commission by appointment of the Delaware General Assembly. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association, and the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court. Professor Harrington Conner is a pro bono volunteer attorney, serves as a Superior Court Arbitrator, is certified as a Superior Court Mediator, participates in Law Day and acts as a judge for the high school mock trial competition.
Professor Harrington Conner received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in 1992. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Delaware, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and U.S. District Court, E.D. of Pennsylvania.Selected Recent Publications Articles
- Abuse and Discretion: Evaluating Judicial Discretion in Custody Cases Involving Violence Against Women, 17 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 163 (2009).
- Do No Harm: An Analysis of the Legal and Social Consequences of Child Visitation Determinations for Incarcerated Perpetrators of Extreme Acts of Violence Against Women, Colum. 17 Colum. J. Gender & L. 163 (2008).
- To Protect or to Serve: Confidentiality, Client Protection and Domestic Violence, 79 Temp. L. Rev. 877 (2006).
- & Nathaniel C. Nicholas and Thomas J. Reed, Service Learning and Legal Education: A Sense of Duty, 15 WIDENER SCH. OF L. MAG., 2008, at 4-5.
- Societal Views and Survivors of Domestic Violence: Asking the Right Questions, 13 WIDENER SCH. OF L. MAG., 2006, at 10.
- Mentoring Volunteers: Attorneys & Law Students, The Bencher, Jan./Feb. 2004, at 14.