Faculty News

  • Judicial Diversity
    Logan on Judicial Diversity
    Professor David Logan argues that the Ocean State's current judiciary looks like the Rhode Island of past generations, not reflecting the diverse nature of the state today.
  • Closed courtroom
    Horwitz on Closed Courtroom Debate
    U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi's order to seal the courtroom during a plea hearing for a woman accused of sex trafficking has raised concern among legal observers.
  • Commencement 2015
    RWU Law Celebrates Commencement 2015
    RWU Law honors 115 graduates in a ceremony keynoted by pioneering jurist, the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland; also recognizing noted R.I. defense attorney Robert Mann.


Cecily V. Banks

Cecily V. Banks
Professor of Legal Practice
Director, Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program

J.D., University of Virigina
B.A., Sweet Briar College

Contact:
401-254-4563

Professor Cecily Banks serves as a Professor of Legal Practice. A member of the RWU faculty since 2003, Professor Banks teaches classes in legal practice, contract drafting and business skills. Her students learn how to understand a client's business deal, and how to translate the deal into contract concepts, the building blocks of contracts. They also learn the process for drafting the contract concepts in clear and unambiguous provisions in a well-organized complete contract that reflects accurately the parties' deal and how to add value to a client's deal by drafting and recognizing nuances in language that change the deal and shift risk between the parties.

After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Banks worked in commercial litigation at law firms in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia. She has extensive experience in writing legal briefs, presenting oral arguments, trying cases and conducting settlement negotiations. Her training in commercial litigation and her general practice background serve as experience for teaching her various skills-oriented courses.