Dean Danielle Conway was recently honored by the International Women’s Forum (IWF) as a “Woman Who Makes A Difference.” This award, which honors the impact that women of courage, creativity, and passion have in improving society and inspiring others, was presented during the International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference in Houston. Recipients of the Women Who Make A Difference Award are members of IWF affiliates*, and are honored for their outstanding career achievements. A total of nine women received this award during the 2017 conference.
Danielle Conway became Dean of the University of Maine School of Law in July 2015. She received the Woman Who Makes A Difference Award because of her innovative work to bring more community-focused programming to Maine Law, including the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program and the Rural Lawyer Pilot Project.
Launched in 2016, the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, is a summer immersion program that teaches oral, written, and leadership skills to undergraduate students, all against the backdrop of the study of law. The PLUS program is designed with the ultimate goal to increase diversity in the legal profession.
The Rural Lawyer Pilot Project was launched in 2017 and is a three-year pilot program designed to place Maine Law students with practitioners in communities that would otherwise have limited access to legal services. The students selected for the fellowships work in the summers under the guidance of practitioners on legal research and drafting, dispute resolution, general practice case management, real estate transactions, trial practice, and ethics.
“Both of these programs and approaches are meant to directly serve all of Maine and the 2017 Woman Who Makes A Difference Award reflects the loyalty, commitment and hard work of the students, staff, faculty, and administration of the University of Maine School of Law,” said Dean Conway. “Most important, the Maine Law Community and I dedicate this honor to our beloved team member, Ms. Heidi Gage.”
During the two-day conference, Hillary Rodham Clinton was also inducted into the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Foundation’s International Hall of Fame. Nearly 1,000 women experts and innovators from over 30 countries attended the conference to discuss the world’s most pressing challenges. This year’s theme, Global Citizens: Interconnected, Inquisitive, Engaged, explored the definition and significance of global citizenship in today’s often polarized world.
*IWF is an invitation-only, membership organization comprised of more than 6,500 accomplished and visionary women across 40 nations and six continents. IWF members are women of diverse achievement dedicated to building better leadership across careers, continents, and cultures.