Introducing Guest Blogger Taunya Banks

I am thrilled to introduce my colleague Taunya Lovell Banks, the Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence at the University of Maryland School of Law, whose ground-breaking work focuses on critical race theory, citizenship, and law and popular culture.  Before entering legal education in 1976, she worked as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi, litigating voting rights and housing discrimination cases and providing technical assistance to black elected officials. During the 1979-1980 academic year she worked as a senior trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles, litigating some of the early sexual harassment cases under the interim guidelines.

Professor Banks’s most recent scholarship explores the continuing impact of gender, race, racial formation and racial hierarchies on the quest for social equality.  She also writes about law, lawyers and legal issues in film and on television.  Earlier publications include several articles and book chapters on legal and public health issues facing women infected with the HIV virus; and an empirical study of gender bias in law school classrooms.  Her current research projects include a legal memoir exploring her and the nation’s changing views on race from the mid twentieth century through the beginning of the twenty-first century.  Professor Banks served on the Editorial Board of the JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION and the advisory committee of the LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW.  She is a former member of the Association of American Law Schools’ Executive Committee, and two-term Trustee of the Law School Admissions Council.

Her recent scholarship includes:

Book

Contributing Co-Editor with Rennard Strickland & Teree Foster, SCREENING JUSTICE- THE CINEMA OF LAW: FILMS OF LAW, ORDER, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (William S. Hein & Co. 2006)

Recent Select Book Chapters

Judging the Judges – Daytime Television’s Integrated Reality Court Bench in LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: LAW ON TELEVISION, Michael Asimow, ed. (ABA Press 2009)

Multi-Layered Racism: Courts’ Continued Resistance to Colorism Claims in SHADES OF DIFFERENCE WHY SKIN COLOR MATTERS, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, editor (Stanford U. Press 2009)

Balancing Competing Individual Constitutional Rights: Raising Some Questions in LAW AND RIGHTS: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON CONSTITUTIONALISM AND GOVERNANCE, Andrews & Brazilli, eds. (Vandeplas Publishing 2008)

Recent Select Articles

Outsider Citizens: Film Narratives about the Internment of Japanese Americans, 42 SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL 169 (2009) (Symposium Issue on Legal Outsiders in American Film)

Earlier articles published in U.C.L.A. Law Review, Michigan Law Review and New York Review of Law & Society Change among others.

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