Faculty News

  • AE extended
    Affordable Excellence Extended to 2016-17
    With notable increases in enrollment, the Affordable Excellence tuition reduction and guarantee will continue for a third incoming class at RWU Law.
  • drone
    Logan on Drone Law
    The proliferation of drones presents a range of novel liability questions that lawyers and judges haven’t had to grapple with since the advent of the automobile.
  • Veterans Clinic
    Law Clinic for Disabled Veterans
    An important new clinical initiative offers renewed hope to military veterans whose disability benefits have been denied and can’t afford to appeal.

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


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.