Dr. Kathleen Conn, PhD, JD, LLM, Of Counsel | KingSpry

Dr. Kathleen Conn

Dr. Kathleen Conn, PhD, JD, LLM, is an educator, consultant, and attorney. She is of counsel with the firm.

Dr. Kathleen Conn earned her B.S. in Physics from St. John’s University in New York, her M.S. in Radiation Biology/Biophysics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and her Ph.D. in Physics and Biology at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Lankenau Medical Research Center in Philadelphia, with published research on cancer metastasis through epithelial cell tight junctions.

Dr. Conn is a member of the Education Law Group at KingSpry, and her experience in education includes 18 years of service in public school districts in Pennsylvania, as a teacher, K-12 curriculum supervisor, and elementary school principal. She also taught full-time at Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania in the Graduate Education Program for 8 years and served as an Adjunct Professor at Widener Law in Delaware, teaching Education Law and Special Education Law for 10 years. She currently teaches “Public Health and the Law,” a course she developed as Adjunct Professor, in the Public Health Program at Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Conn has been a consultant to school districts, private schools, and Intermediate Units on issues of school safety, bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and special education. Dr. Conn is a Past President and Executive Board member of both the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) and the Delaware Valley affiliate of the Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD), and has been awarded PASCD’s Annual Research and Publication Award three times.

As a legal scholar, Conn has published numerous commentaries in peer-reviewed law journals, national and international, on topics of bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, student suicides, and school administrators’ responsibilities. She has authored three books and several book chapters, and recorded commercial DVDs and numerous webinars. She also serves as an expert witness in sexual harassment and special education cases.

Conn has presented at regional, state, and national law conferences. She is an annual presenter at the national Education Law Association (ELA) Conference, and served on the Executive Board of ELA. She has also been invited to speak at the University of North Texas Higher Education Law Conference for the last five years. She has been an invited speaker at various symposia on bullying, sexting and cyberbullying at law schools in the northeastern region of the U.S., including Widener University School of Law, New England Law School, Northeastern University Law School, and Temple’s Beasley School of Law.

Conn has also been invited to present at international conferences such as the Oxford Roundtable in Oxford, England; the Australia/New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA) Conferences, in Wellington, Christchurch, and Rotorua, New Zealand, and at ANZELA in Darwin, Australia.

Conn is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

 

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
 Practice Areas
  • Education Law

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