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Kathryn Banks

St. Louis University School of Law

Committed to combining a dedication to youth advocacy and teaching young lawyers, Kathryn Pierce Banks, directs the Children’s Rights Clinic (CRC) in Washington University’s School of Law’s nationally ranked clinical legal education program. 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. Kathryn also teaches in the WashULaw MLS and LL.M. online programs. 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. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Loyola University – Chicago.