Professor Conklin received her Master of Arts in Education from Truman State University before going on to complete her J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. While at Virginia, Professor Conklin studied in the Joint-Degree Program in Legal History. She served as a Dillard Fellow in the School of Law and received the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Prize for outstanding written work by a graduating law student. At the graduate school, she was chosen as one of nine student-nominated Honorees for the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship Award for Superb Teaching.
From 2003-2007, Professor Conklin taught at John Brown University (JBU), where she served as an Assistant Professor of History and Co-Founded and Co-Directed the University’s Pre-Law Professional Program. While at JBU, Professor Conklin taught regular and honors’ level courses in History and American Legal History. She also taught Family Law and served as faculty founder of the JBU student chapter of International Justice Mission, an advocacy-based human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. While at JBU, Professor Conklin was awarded a Shipps Scholar Grant for faculty research. She also received the Alpha Chi Rookie of the Year Award for excellence in teaching and was selected as one of two annual recipients for the 2006-2007 John Brown University Faculty Excellence Award.
Professor Conklin joined the law faculty at University of Missouri in 2011 and was tenured in 2015. She was a 2012 recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Award, Legal Scholar Category and a 2014 recipient of the University of Missouri School of Law’s Board of Advocates Faculty Achievement Award.
Professor Conklin’s research interests are in American legal history, with a focus on dispute resolution and rights dialogues in early America. At the law school, Professor Conklin teaches Lawyering, Negotiation, and International Human Rights Law for the J.D. Program and Non-Binding Methods of Dispute Resolution for the LL.M. Program.