Student at Hamline University majoring in Legal Studies and Social Justice
From the Great Lakes region, Conner Suddick is an honors student at Hamline University studying legal studies, social justice, and nonprofit administration. Conners research interests include inclusive LGBTQ+ identities and policy, access to justice, paralegal education, and alternative legal service delivery models. Conner has received two collaborative research grants through Hamline, and his research has been published in local and national publications. In 2019, he completed his departmental honors thesis on licensing paralegals to practice a limited scope of law to bolster access to justice in Minnesota. Outside of his research, He has volunteered extensively in legal aid and public interest organizations. He serves on the board of OutFront Minnesota, Minnesotas largest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. He organized the first-ever Access to Justice Conference, bringing in over 150 attendees from 18 colleges, and Hamline's inaugural TEDx event. As a result of his community engagement and academic achievement, he was recognized as a 2016 University of Wisconsin James E. Jones Pre-law Scholar, a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, and a 2018 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Conner is passionate about the intersection of law and social justice, and aspires to be a public interest law researcher, community organizer, and social justice educator. He aims to use community-defined research to inform evidence-based policy.