John Martin Conley

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  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Duke University (1980)
  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), Duke University (1977)
  • B.A., Harvard University (1971)

Since joining the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1983, John Conley's principal research and teaching interests have been in law and social science, and intellectual property law.

After serving as a scuba diver with the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, Conley received his J.D. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1980 from Duke University. He was editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal and was elected to The Order of the Coif. He practiced law in Boston and in Charlotte, N.C., for six years, specializing in civil litigation. He also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School.

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Selected Publications

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  • Diversity and Talent at the Top: Lessons from the Boardroom (L. L. Broome, K. D. Krawiec, J. M. Conley), in DIVERSITY AND PRACTICE: RACE, GENDER AND CLASS IN LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL CAREERS (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • Legal Discourse, in HANDBOOK OF LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (N. Bonvillain ed.) (Routledge).
  • Looking for Trouble: Preventive Genomic Sequencing in the General Population and the Role of Patient Choice (with G. Lazaro-Munoz), AM. J. BIOETHICS, July 2015 at 3.
  • The Empty Performative?: Informed Consent to Genetic Research (with J. Cadigan and A. Davis), in COERCION AND CONSENT IN THE LEGAL PROCESS (S. Ehrlich, D. Eades, and J. Ainsworth eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming).
  • The Language of Defamation, in SPEAKING OF LANGUAGE AND LAW: CONVERSATIONS ON THE WORK OF PETER TIERSMA (L. Solan, J. Ainsworth & R. Shuy eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • The Social Reform of Banking (with C. Williams), 39 J. CORPORATION L. 460 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Myriad after Myriad: The Proprietary Data Dilemma (with G. Lazaro-Munoz and R. Cook-Deegan), 15 N.C. J. LAW & TECH. 597 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • The Danger of Difference: Tensions in Directors' Views of Corporate Board Diversity (K. Krawiec, J. Conley, L. Broome), 2013 U. ILL. L. REV. 919 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Discourse of DNA: Giving Informed Consent to Genetic Research (with J. Cadigan et al), in LEGAL-LAY COMMUNICATION: TEXTUAL TRAVELS IN THE LAW 247 (C. Heffer, F. Rock and J. Conley, eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013). [K487.L36 L44 2013]
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