Belva Lockwood Award Luncheon

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The GW Law Alumni Association invites you to the annual Belva Lockwood Award Luncheon on behalf of the GW Law Association for Women (L.A.W). Join us for this special event honoring one of GW Law’s finest graduates, network with alumnae attendees, and acknowledge the law school’s crucial role in championing the careers of women attorneys.

About the Honoree

Danielle Conway, LLM ’96, is Dean of The Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson Law School and is a leading expert in procurement law, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property law. As Dean, she focuses on the law’s fundamental purpose to foster an organized, civilized society, and create collective community engagement and progress. She inspires students to see in the law the “power to protect individuals and their communities by drawing on core values such as liberty, equality, equity, inclusiveness, and fairness.” 

Dean Conway previously served four years as Dean of the University of Maine School of Law and 14 years on the faculty of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where she was the inaugural Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law. Prior to her deanship, she was a member of the faculties at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She also served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia and later as Chair in Law at La Trobe University’s, Faculty of Law and Management.

Dean Conway moved from faculty to administration with a plan to bring more women and under-represented individuals into law school and balance to the profession. At Dickinson Law, she is the first woman and first person of color to lead the law school. 

In 2016, Dean Conway retired from the U.S. Army in the rank of lieutenant colonel after 27 years of combined active, reserve, and national guard service. Select assignments included service as Vice Chair, Contract and Fiscal Law Department, US Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School and Honors Program Attorney, Headquarters US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC.

Dean Conway is the author or editor of six books and casebooks as well as numerous book chapters, articles, and essays. Her scholarly agenda and speeches have focused on, among other areas, advocating for public education and for actualizing the rights of marginalized groups, including Indigenous Peoples, minorities, and members of rural communities. Dean Conway promotes service among her students as a fundamental pillar of our profession: “The constant thread of service is strengthening human interaction, the one on one helping relationships that create the ties that bind us together. Our profession is about relating to others, and, more importantly, serving ‘the othered,’ the overarching principle of the rule of law. Stated more plainly, serving means protecting the most vulnerable among us.”

Dean Conway grew up in Philadelphia, PA, as one of four children and credits her mother’s intrepid spirit as her guide on how to live, love, and work. She now resides in Carlisle, PA, with her husband, a venerable barbecue master, and their seven-year-old son, a budding Suzuki violinist whom she often accompanies on the piano.

The Belva Lockwood Award is presented to women leaders in the profession to recognize their accomplishments and pioneering spirit. The Law Association of Women believes Dean Conway has exemplified the traits of an inspiring and compassionate leader throughout her distinguished career in service and academia. 

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