Professor Olwyn Conway teaches in the Criminal Defense and Criminal Prosecution clinics. In the Criminal Defense Clinic, she guides students in navigating one of the nation’s busiest municipal courts by counseling them on client interviews, fact investigations, case strategy, client meetings, plea negotiations, and trials. In the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Professor Conway and her students prosecute a wide range of criminal cases, including theft, assault, weapons charges, drug possession, and domestic violence in Ohio’s Delaware County, the state’s fastest-growing region.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Professor Conway was an assistant defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia for seven years, providing indigent criminal representation in preliminary hearings, misdemeanor trials, bench trials, and felony jury trials. She also previously taught the Criminal Litigation Field Clinic at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Professor Conway won awards for public service and moot court. She served as a senior editor on the Journal of International Law, earned a certificate in gender studies, interned at Community Legal Services and the Penn Immigration Law Clinic, and co-founded the Penn Environmental Law Project. After graduation, she clerked for the Hon. William J. Cook, who presided over the Adult Drug Court Program in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division. Professor Conway studied abroad in The Netherlands and was a University of Pennsylvania Law School Public International Fellow in Quito, Ecuador.
Advocacy, Scholarship and Service
- Counsel of Record, Amicus Brief of Professors of Criminal Law and Procedure on Behalf of Appellant David Hansard in the Supreme Court of Ohio
- Author, Necessary but not Sufficient: Prosecutors and the Transformation of the American Criminal System, The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law Symposium: “Prosecutorial Elections: The New Frontline in Criminal Justice Reform” (forthcoming)
- Presenter, CLE, “Racialized Trial Narratives,” (May 13, 2021)
- Author, Are There Stories Prosecutors Shouldn’t Tell?: The Duty to Avoid Racialized Trial Narratives, (2021 Denv. L. Rev. ___ (2021)) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3871223
- Author, “How Can I Reconcile with You When Your Foot Is on My Neck?”: The Role of Justice in the Pursuit of Truth and Reconciliation, 2018 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1349 (2018)