"We're still underrepresented, and Gwinnett County is a very diverse county when you look at its race and ethnicity. It takes time for those members of the bar to become well known and established. ... I think members of the minority bar know they have a fair shake, they're not going to be discriminated against, and they can win it like anybody else."
Conner is friends with defense lawyer Walter Britt, who she worked for between her second and third years of law school and has known since she was a baby. Britt has served as her campaign chairman during Conner's election campaigns, although she's never been opposed.
Conner said she takes joy in seeing Britt and District Attorney Danny Porter "go at it" when they fight in her court.
"She's ruled against me and she's ruled for me. She's given me some sentences I didn't like and some I did like. That's just the way it is," said Britt, of Chandler, Britt, Jay & Beck. "She's heard me out in everything, and she's always been fair. That's all you can ask."
Conner, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, said she plans to remain on the bench for a few more years, but she won't stay indefinitely.
"I'm probably not one of those people who will be here until I'm old and decrepit," Conner said. "I love being a judge. It's fun, most times."