Brendan Conner

Brendan M. Conner

Assistant Professor of Law


Phone: 305.628.2363


St. Thomas University College of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A., Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, magna cum laude
M.A., The New School for Social Research
J.D., City University of New York School of Law


Constitutional Law
Interlegality Issues

Brendan M. Conner

Brendan M. Conner is an Assistant Professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, where he teaches Torts, Constitutional Law, and Appellate Advocacy. Prior to joining St. Thomas, Brendan served as Visiting Professor of the Legal Practice at William & Mary Law School, taught Legal Writing, Legal Research, and Professional Responsibility at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and supervised upper-level law students as a Clinical Adjunct Professor for the Economic Justice Project clinic at the City University of New York School of Law.

After graduating law school, Professor Conner was awarded the Yale Initiative for Public Interest Law Fellowship to join a community-based runaway and homeless youth organization in New York City. As a fellow and later attorney at the organization, Brendan provided direct and impact-related representation to young people in a wide range of state, federal, and administrative courts and proceedings—including eviction, public benefits, criminal defense, and affirmative civil rights litigation challenging police misconduct and conditions of confinement affecting transgender and gender non-conforming youth.

Building on this experience, Professor Conner’s current scholarship focuses on contemporary “interlegality,” identifying and explaining emerging patterns of convergence across historically distinct legal subject matter areas such as criminal, tort, property, and land-use law. Professor Conner has also widely published in interdisciplinary academic journals and national, international, and civil society reports on the subject of U.S. and international legal protections affecting youth in conflict with the law, particularly youth accused of drug- or prostitution-related offenses.

Scholarship & Research



Brendan M. Conner, Fine-Tuning: Challenging Police- and Prosecutor-Led State and Local Civil Enforcement Post-Timbs (work-in-progress).

Brendan M. Conner, The Forensic Child: Definitional Law’ and Methodological Confusion in Child Trafficking Research and Programmes (work-in-progress).

Brendan M. Conner, In Loco Aequitatis: The Dangers of “Safe Harbor” Laws for Youth in the Sex Trades, 12 Stanford J. C.R. & C.L. 103 (2016).

Brendan M. Conner, Salvaging ‘Safe Spaces’: Toward Model Standards for LGBTQ Youth-Serving Professionals Encountering Law Enforcement, 24 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 199 (2016).

Brendan M. Conner, “First, Do No Harm:” Legal Guidelines for Health Programmes Affecting Adolescents aged 10–17 who Sell Sex or Inject Drugs, 18 J. Int’l AIDS Soc’y 78 (2015).

Research and Policy Reports:

Meredith Dank, Lilly Yu, Jennifer Yahner, Elizabeth Pelletier, Mitchyll Mora & Brendan M. Conner, Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex (2015) (published by the Urban Institute).

Meredith Dank, Jennifer Yahner, Kuniko Madden, Isela Banuelos, Lilly Yu, Andrea Ritchie, Mitchyll Mora & Brendan M. Conner, Surviving the Streets: Experiences of LGBTQ, YMSM, and YWSW Youth in the Sex Trade (2015) (published by the Urban Institute).

Brendan M. Conner, Ayesha Mago & Sarah Middleton-Lee, Health Equity for All: Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Access to Health Services for Adolescents 10–17 Engaged in Selling Sex in Asia Pacific (2014) (published by the HIV Young Leaders Fund, ed. Brendan M. Conner).

Selected Popular Writings

Brendan M. Conner, A New Law to “Save” Minors from Survival Sex will Force them into State Custody, The Guardian (Oct. 15, 2015: 10:02 EDT).

Brendan M. Conner & Marissa Ram, David Felix: Jailed by an Unjust System, Failed by City Services, Killed by Police, The Guardian (June 10, 2015: 7:30 EDT).

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Constitutional Law
  • Torts