Keynote Speaker

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Taunya Lovell Banks

Taunya Lovell Banks is the Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law where she has taught since 1989. Professor Banks entered legal education in 1976 holding tenured positions at Texas Southern University School of Law and the University of Tulsa College of Law before coming to Maryland. At Maryland she currently teaches Torts and seminars on Citizenship, Legal Identity, Law in Popular Culture and Economic Justice. Professor Banks’ most recent publications explore the continuing impact of gender, race, racial formation and racial hierarchies in 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. She is a contributing co-editor of SCREENING JUSTICE- THE CINEMA OF LAW: FILMS OF LAW, ORDER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE and an occasional blogger on legal academic sites. Her articles have appeared various legal journals including the U.C.L.A. LAW REVIEW, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW, HARVARD CIVIL LIBERTIES-CIVIL RIGHTS LAW REVIEW, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY REVIEW OF LAW & SOCIETY CHANGE, JOURNAL OF LAW & INEQUALITY, BERKLEY WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL and COLUMBIA WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL. Professor Banks served on the Editorial Boards of the JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION and 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. She also is a past president of the Maryland Humanities Council.