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Professor of Legal Practice Cecily Banks serves as Director of RWU Law's Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program.

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...

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Posted by Cecily Banks
09/16/2016 at 08:45 AM
A valuable business lawyer must know more than law; the lawyer must know how the law affects a client’s business performance and strategic objectives, at any given stage in the business’s trajectory. This axiom is at the heart of the latest charge to law schools: to teach business generally to law students who will represent business entities, either in the conference rooms or in the courtrooms.   As any trusted legal advisor and competent legal problem-solver knows, the value of legal advice depends entirely on a deep understanding of...
Posted by Cecily Banks
03/15/2015 at 11:00 PM
It doesn’t take long for my contract drafting students to realize that drafting is not the mechanical, backroom exercise of a wordsmith.  The students quickly start to see each business transaction as its own human interest story of parties forging a positive, fruitful contractual platform to boost and cushion their deal as the real world plays out.  In the first class, students learn how to elicit the client’s chief goals and concerns so that the contract actually addresses them.  They learn what a lawyer needs to know and think about before ever putting pen to paper, and...