Kathryn P. Banks

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Assistant Professor of Practice, Lecturer in Law, and Director, Children's Rights Clinic


LL.M., 2007, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D., 2001, University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
B.S.W., 1997, University of Kansas

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-2767
E-mail: kpbanks@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Legal Clinics, Room 127


Katie Herr - (314) 935-5942 


Kathryn Pierce Banks is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, an Assistant Professor of Practice, a Lecturer in Law, and Director of the new Children’s Rights Clinic. She previously was the Legal Services Director for Voices for Children and an attorney in the Youth Advocacy Unit of the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office. From 2009 to 2014, she was a Supervising Attorney for the Law School’s Juvenile Law and Justice and Children & Family Advocacy Clinics and the acting director of the Criminal Justice Clinic. While teaching in the clinical program, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Practice Award from the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). She was a member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Municipal Courts Working Group and presently serves on its Committee on Practice and Procedure in Municipal Division Cases. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Loyola University – Chicago.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • “Collateral Costs of Youth: The Dual Ledger System and Underground Economy of the Safe Schools Act Movement" (with Professor M. Quinn)
  • “America’s Child Soldiers: Youth Gang Members in the United States”
  • “Finding My Voice: Addressing the Unique Legal Positions of Victims of Teen Dating Violence”
  • Development of Protocol for Children in Foster Care Who Are Victims of Sexual Assault (research)


  • “Nowhere to Turn: The Battle of Girls in Care to Exercise Their Reproductive Rights,” The Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, Fall 2008


  • Missouri Bar, since 2001
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
  • Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA)