Conner Awarded Montgomery County Bar Association’s Service and Achievement Award
Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law alumna Roianne Houlton Conner was recently awarded the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Service and Achievement Award. The award recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to the field of law – particularly in Montgomery County – throughout their careers. Conner is the first female to win the award.
Prior to attending law school, Conner served the City of Montgomery as a Montgomery Police Officer. She joined the force in 1971, but was assigned to desk duty and to the Youth Aid Division because of her gender. She and her other female colleagues received less pay and fewer benefits despite having to undergo the same extensive training as the male officers. By the mid-1970s, a gender discrimination lawsuit opened the door for Conner and nine other women to receive full status as officers of the law.
After leaving the police force, Conner pursued her goal of becoming an attorney. She graduated from Jones School of Law in 1987. For the first six years of her career, Conner worked for Judge Ira Dement while he was in private practice. When he became a judge, Conner went to work in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney Charlie Graddock. In 1993, she opened a successful practice, The Law Offices of Roianne Houlton Conner, focusing in family, criminal, and appellate law.
Early in her career, Conner said she was trained and mentored by some of the most prestigious trial attorneys and judges in Alabama. Because of the value she received from those interactions, Conner now gives her time to mentor young, local attorneys.
“It is critically important that we train up a new generation of lawyers that practice with professionalism and civility,” said Conner. “I hope to pass along the knowledge and skills I have developed during the last twenty-eight years of practice to the future of the profession.”
Conner’s accomplishments as an attorney are significant. She established the Women’s Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association and helped lead the Drug Task Force Division of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. She continues to run a thriving law practice that hires new attorneys and assists them in becoming established and self-sufficient. It is just another way that Conner gives back.
In addition to her successful career, Conner reared four children and has four grandchildren. “My family is incredibly important to me,” she said. “Although balancing work and family life sometimes proved challenging as an attorney, it was worth every sacrifice I made. I am truly blessed to help others every day through this wonderful career, and to have a beautiful family that supports my efforts.”
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