Maryland professor headlines USD Thurgood Marshall Program

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law is recognizing the legal impact of one of America’s most well-known Supreme Court Justices with its annual Thurgood Marshall Program at the law school courtroom beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3.

A 2 p.m. address by Taunya Lovell Banks will highlight an afternoon dedicated to honoring Marshall, who was the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court (1967-1991).  Additionally, members of the USD Law School’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) will host a panel discussion at 1 p.m. in the courtroom for all high school, community college and early college students interested in preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), completing law school applications, selecting courses and majors, and staying in school.

Lovell Banks, the Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence and the Francis & Harriet Iglehart Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, teaches constitutional law, torts and seminars on law in popular culture, citizenship and critical race theory. Prior to entering legal education in 1976, she worked as a civil rights attorney in Mississippi litigating voting rights and housing discrimination cases as well as providing technical assistance to black elected officials. Lovell Banks has also 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. A former member of the Association of American Law Schools’ executive committee and two-term trustee of the Law School Admission Council, Lovell Banks served on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Education and the advisory committee of the Law & Society Review.

The annual Thurgood Marshall Program at USD, which is free and open to the public, is presented by BLSA and NALSA along with support from the Law School Admission Council’s “DiscoverLaw.org Month” program.