Kathryn P. Banks

Lecturer in Law; Supervising Attorney, Children & Family Advocacy 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) 935-8275
E-mail:  kpbanks@wulaw.wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 124


Katie Herr - (314) 935-5942 

Courses Taught

Civil Justice Clinic


Kathryn P. Banks is a Lecturer in Law and Supervising Attorney for the law school’s Civil Justice Clinic. A member of the Missouri Bar, she supervises student lawyers and co-teaches clinic seminars. She has a background in social work, holds an LL.M. in Child & Family Law, and is an advocate for the rights of youths, publishing on child welfare and making presentations on juvenile justice, the role of the guardian-ad-litem in child abuse proceedings, and legal and social work ethics in child welfare cases. Before joining the law school, she was an Attorney for the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office in the St. Louis City Trial Office as well as the St. Louis City Youth Advocacy Unit. Pierce also worked for Voices for Children, formerly known as St. Louis City CASA, in various capacities: Co-Interim Co-Legal Director; Supervising Staff Attorney, and Staff Attorney, providing legal representation to foster children. In addition, she has been a member of the law school’s Adjunct Faculty with its Street Law program and an Adjunct Professor at Maryville University teaching juvenile justice for the Paralegal Studies Program.

Publications and Activities