Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law, will leave the Portland campus in June to head Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law.
She will begin working on the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, campus July 1, according to the University of Maine School of Law, Maine’s only law school.
Conway, 50, of Falmouth began working in Maine on July 1, 2015. She came to Maine from the University of Hawaii, where she was professor of business law.
A national search for a new dean will begin this summer, according to the law school.
“It has been a privilege to serve the State of Maine as the dean of the University of Maine School of Law,” Conway said. “I am humbled by the love and encouragement I have received from so many amazing people who supported me and shared my vision for Maine Law.”
During her tenure, Conway has promoted access to affordable legal services in rural areas through the Rural Lawyer Project, created leadership opportunities for underrepresented students, and driven workforce development through new programs focused on compliance and information privacy and cybersecurity, according to the law school.
Glenn Cummings, president of the University of Southern Maine, praised Conway’s work.
“I am especially grateful for her work to strengthen the relationship between Maine Law and USM, her introduction of a program that enables USM and other students to enter law school after their junior year, and her great success in bringing underrepresented populations into the law school and the legal profession,” Cummings said.