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.

Ms. Conn earned her B.S. in Physics from St. John’s University in New York. She was the first woman admitted to Medical Biophysics/Radiation Biology Department at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and earned her M.S. there. She earned a dual Ph.D. in Physics and Biology at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on molecular dynamics of complex organic molecules. She completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in molecular biophysics at Lankenau Medical Research Center in Philadelphia, investigating cancer metastasis through epithelial cell tight junctions.

Ms. Conn’s educational experience includes college teaching and 18 years of service in public school districts in Pennsylvania, as a teacher, K-12 curriculum supervisor, and elementary school principal. She has also been a consultant to school districts, private schools, and Intermediate Units on issues of school safety, bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and special education.  For the last seven years, Ms. Conn has been an Associate Professor at Neumann University, in Neumann’s Ed.D. program, where she has been teaching courses in curriculum development, school law and finance, and multicultural issues; supervising graduate students’ research, and serving as Dissertation Chair for doctoral students.

Dr. Conn received her J.D. and her LL.M. in Corporate Law and Finance, both with honors, from Widener University School of Law where she was a member of Moot Court and the Widener Law Review.  She currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the law school. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Conn is a Past President and Executive Board member of both the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) and of 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 student and educator, Conn has received many fellowships, grants, and awards. She was an Atomic Energy Fellow at UCLA, and a Graduate Fellow at Bryn Mawr College. She received the Ohaus Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Toyota TAPESTRY grant from the National Science Teachers Association, and the Tandy Award for Teaching Excellence, among others. She has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and at the Whiteley Center, an interdisciplinary center at Friday Harbor Marine Laboratory in Washington. She has presented at the International Malacological Congress in Vienna, Austria, the U.S./China/Japan Conference on Physics Education in southern China, and has been a delegate to the International Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference in Erice, Sicily, FermiLab in Chicago, Illinois, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory in Palo Alto, California.

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 four hour-long DVDs and numerous webinars. She is an annual presenter at the national Education Law Association (ELA) Conference, and served on the Executive Board of ELA. She has presented frequently at the Australia/New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA) Conference, in Wellington, Christchurch, and Rororua, New Zealand, and in Darwin, Australia; and twice at the Oxford Roundtable in England.

Conn was the keynote speaker at the Delaware County District Attorney’s Bullying Summit in 2011 at Neumann University, and delivered two addresses live to an audience of 500 attendees. In addition, her talks were “streamed” to an overflow crowd of 275 attendees in a nearby auditorium and to all public schools in Delaware County. She has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the National Association for School Personnel Administrators (NAPSA) for the last two years, and has been a symposium presenter 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. She has twice in the last seven years received the Neumann University Faculty Senate Award for Growth in Scholarship for the number and diversity of her legal publications and presentations.

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  • Pennsylvania
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  • Education Law

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