Faculty

Kathryn P. Banks

Lecturer in Law, and Director, Children's Rights Clinic

Education

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 

Office

Anheuser-Busch Hall, Legal Clinics
 

Assistant

Katie Herr - (314) 935-5942 
 

Profile

Kathryn Pierce Banks is 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)

Articles

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

Activities

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