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Mary Ann Connell
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Mary Ann Connell

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Education

  • Harvard Law School
    LL.M. 1991
  • University of Mississippi
    J.D. 1977
  • University of Mississippi
    B.A. 1959
    M.A. 1971
    M.L.Sci. 1973

Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in higher education law, school law, legal research and writing, business law, and employment law
  • Former Board Attorney for Oxford School District
  • Former University Attorney for University of Mississippi
  • Stephens v. Mississippi University for Women (N.D. Miss.) – gender discrimination
  • Wilson v. Delta State University (N.D. Miss.) – gender discrimination and retaliation
  • D’Abramo v. University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) – race discrimination and association
  • Scott v. University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) –  age discrimination
  • Washington v. Jackson State University (S.D. Miss.) – race discrimination and retaliation
  • Turner v. Jackson State University (S.D. Miss.) – sexual harassment
  • Bryant v. Mississippi State University (N.D. Miss.) – FMLA and Eleventh Amendment
  • Jane Doe v. University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) – negligence, premises liability
  • Speth v. University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) – retaliation
  • Jones v. Jackson State University (S.D. Miss.) – sexual harassment and retaliation
  • Lesniak v. Jackson State University (S.D. Miss.) – sexual harassment
  • Lee v. Mississippi Valley State University (Circuit Court Leflore Co.) – program elimination
  • Johnson v. Jackson State University (Circuit Court Hinds Co.) – service of process
  • Hobson v. McCartney and University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) – service of process
  • Aylward v. Delta State University (N.D. Miss.) – sex discrimination and retaliation
  • Hood v. Mississippi Valley State University (N.D. Miss.) – age discrimination
  • Allaei v. University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) – First Amendment and ADA
  • Barrett v. University of Mississippi (N.D. Miss.) – First Amendment
  • Cook v. University of Mississippi (S.D. Miss.) – race discrimination and Section 1983
  • Joyner v. University of Mississippi (Circuit Court Lafayette Co. –  First Amendment and due process
  • McGuire v. Turner (N.D. Miss.) – First Amendment and Section 1983
  • Smith v. University of Mississippi (Circuit Court Lafayette Co.) – statutory path of appeal from university administrative decision
  • Abdelwahab v. Jackson State University (S.D. Miss.) – religious discrimination
  • Ivy v. Oxford School District (N.D. Miss.) –  race discrimination
  • DePree v. University of Southern Mississippi (S.D. Miss.) – First Amendment and Section 1983
  • Warner v. Smith (S.D. Miss.) – Equal Protection, Class of One

Publications

  • Paramour Favoritism (co-authored with Kerry Brian Melear), NACUANOTE, National Association of College and University Attorneys electronic publication, May 2012.
  • Tribute to Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat, 81 Miss. L. J. 75 (2011).
  • Collegiality in Higher Education Employment Decisions: The Evolving Law (co-authored with Kerry Brian Melear and Frederick G. Savage), 37 J.C.U.L. 529 (2011).
  • Race and Higher Education: The Tortuous Journey Toward Desegregation, 36 J. C. U. L. 946 (2010).
  • The Right of Educational Institutions to Withhold or Revoke Academic Degrees (co-authored with Donna Gurley), 32 J.C.U.L. 51 (2005).
  • What To Do When the NCAA Comes Calling (co-authored with Robin Green Harris and Beverly E. Ledbetter), National Association of College and University Attorneys Publication Series, (2005).
  • The Evolving Law of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment and Sexual Orientation (co-authored with Donna Euben), 31 J.C.U.L. 193 (2004).
  • Releases: Is There Still a Place for Their Use by Colleges and Universities?  (co-authored with Frederick G. Savage), 29 J.C.U.L. 579 (2003).
  • The Role of Collegiality in Higher Education Tenure, Promotion, and Termination Decisions (co-authored with Frederick G. Savage), 27 J.C.U.L. 833 (2001).
  • Does Collegiality Count?  (Co-authored with Frederick G. Savage), 87 Academe 37 (Nov.-Dec. 2001).
  • Athletics (co-authored with Kenneth E. Fleischmann) (chapter) in Legal Deskbook for Administrators of Independent Colleges and Universities (Kent E. Weeks & Derek Davis, eds., 2nd ed. 1993; annual supplements 1994-2003).
  • The Road to United States v. Fordice: What Is the Duty of Public Colleges and Universities to Desegregate? 62 Miss. L.J. 285 (1993).

Presentations

  • Faculty Concerns: Academic Tenure,” (with Barbara A. Lee), National Association of College and University Attorneys Conference on Lawyers New to Higher Education, Chicago, IL, June 27, 2012.
  • “Collegiality in Higher Education Employment Decisions: The Evolving Law,” Council of School Board Attorneys, Jackson, MS, March 6, 2012.
  • Employment Law Workshop,” Delta State University, November 17-18, 2011.
  • “Employment Law Workshop,” University of Southern Mississippi, November 4, 2011.
  • “Preparing for and Responding to an OFCCP Audit,” The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State of State Institutions of Higher Learning, Jackson, MS, August 17, 2011.
  • “The Role of Collegiality in Higher Education Employment Decisions,” University of Mississippi 6th Annual Conference on Higher Education, July 8, 2011.
  • “Conducting Student Disciplinary Hearings: Defining the ‘Process’ in Due Process,” (with Elizabeth Maron), Mississippi School Board Association, February 21, 2011.
  • “Education Procedures Law of 2001: The Issues Persist,” University of Mississippi 4th Annual Education Law Conference, July 10, 2009.
  • “Title IX: Taking Seriously the Effort to Reform Intercollegiate Athletics” with Elisa Kirscher Cole, University of Vermont Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education, 2003.
  • “Faculty Employment Issues”, with Barbara A. Lee and Donna Euben, Stetson University School of Law Conference on Law and Higher Education, 2003.
  • “Affirmative Action, Minority Hiring, and Race-Based Preferences in Admissions and Financial Aid”, The University of Georgia 33rd Annual Conference on Higher Education and the Law, 2002.
  • “Legal Issues for Provosts, Academic Deans and Department Chairs: A Review of Current Cases and Legal Trends Affecting the Administration of Academic Programs”, with Barbara A. Lee, Dianne C. Maleson and Constance J. Neary, Stetson University School of Law Conference on Law and Higher Education, 2002.
  • “Staying Out of Trouble: What Academic Administrators Need to Know”, with Stephen Hirschfield, University of Vermont Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education, 2001.
  • “Collision on the Playing Field”, with William Hoye, University of Vermont Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education, 2001.
  • “Managing Conflict in Higher Education”, The University of Georgia Annual Conference on Higher Education and the Law, 2001.
  • “Nobody Said This Was Going to be Easy: Legal and Managerial Challenges for Department Chairs and Other Academic Administrators”, with Ann H. Franke and Barbara A. Lee, Stetson University School of Law Conference on Law and Higher Education, 2001.
  • “Recruitment of Minority Faculty”, with Jo Ann Gora, University of Vermont Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education, 2000.
  • “The Role of Civility, Collegial Relationships, and Good Academic Citizenship Among Faculty on the College/University Campus”, with Robert M. O’Neil, University of Vermont Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education, 2000.
  • “Collegiality as a Factor in Tenure in Promotion Decisions, or Just How Nice Does Somebody Have to be to Get Tenure Anyway?!”, The University of Georgia Annual Conference on Higher Education and the Law, 2000.
  • “Title IX Basics”, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Title IX Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000.
  • “The Mississippi Experience: Ayers v. Fordice and Its Aftermath in Desegregation and Affirmative Action”, Texas A&M University System Higher Education Law Symposium II, College Station, Texas, 1998.

Honors and Achievements

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    Past President
    Distinguished Service Award
  • Mississippi Council of School Board Attorneys
    Past President
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
    Distinguished Service Award
  • Stetson University Law School
    Thomas S. Biggs, Jr., Award for leadership, integrity, and service in the legal profession and the higher education community
  • NAACP Freedom Award for life-long service in the area of education and civil rights
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
    Outstanding Woman Lawyer in Mississippi Award
  • University of Mississippi
    Chancellor’s Award for outstanding contributions toward increasing diversity
    Mortar Board Award for outstanding teacher of the year
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships and Associations

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • United States District Courts 
         Northern District of Mississippi
         Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Civic and Community Activities

  • University of Mississippi Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Mississippi Judicial Advisory Study Committee
  • Oxford-Lafayette-County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • First National Bank of Oxford, Advisory Board
  • Friends of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Vestry