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About Dana Harrington Conner

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 DCC is a live client clinic created in 1984, in an effort to provide practical experience to law students through civic engagement in the Delaware community. The primary focus of the DCC is the representation of survivors of domestic violence. Harrington Conner is also the Co-Director of the Family Health Law and Policy Institute (“FHLPI”). FHLPI is dedicated to education and law reform relating to the intersection of families and their health.

Harrington Conner’s scholarship focuses on intimate partner violence, violence against women, family health, and inequality. Her current research agenda relates to intimate partner violence as a significant family health policy issue. Her published work relates to women, money and domestic abuse; the intersection of child custody and intimate partner violence; as well as ethical issues, client protection, and domestic violence.

Early in her legal career, Professor Harrington Conner became one of the first attorneys in the State of Delaware to represent survivors of domestic violence seeking civil protection from abuse. During her term as the Domestic Violence Attorney for Delaware Volunteer Legal Service she assisted countless individuals obtain protection 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.

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.

As an advocate for the rights of battered individuals , Professor Harrington Conner serves as the Vice-Chair of the Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and Co-Chair 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. Professor Harrington Conner is a past member of the Delaware Family Law Commission by appointment of the Delaware General Assembly. She is a pro bono volunteer attorney, serves as a Superior Court Arbitrator, and is certified as a Superior Court Mediator.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School



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Widener University School of Law
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803

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