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Kathryn P. Banks, J.D.

Associate Professor; Director; Children's Permanency Clinic
Legal Clinics

Associate Dean for Experiential Education


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

Practice Areas

A dedicated youth advocate, Kathryn Pierce Banks joined the SLU LAW faculty in 2021 as the director of the Children's Rights Clinic. Having spent many years prior developing her clinic at Washington University School of Law, she brings a wealth of experience teaching young lawyers. Prior to teaching, she 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.

Honors and Awards

She is an appointed member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Committee on Practice & Procedures in Municipal Division Cases and Task Force on Criminal Justice, having also been an appointed member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Municipal Courts Working Group.