Dr. Maureen Conner is a professor and director of the Judicial Administration Program and JERITT Project. She holds a PhD in Sociology from MSU with two distinct concentrations—first, the intersections of race, class, and gender; and second, the sociology of work and advancement of occupations to professional status, particularly those in judicial systems. Dr. Conner also holds an MA degree from Western Michigan University where she focused on women in management and a BA degree from MSU in criminal justice. She is an engaged scholar conducting field research, technical assistance, and continuing professional education in U.S. courts as well as Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Conner is guided by rule of law principles under constitutional governments—ensuring access to justice, due process, and the guarantee of individual rights and liberties.