Gloria J. Banks
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Howard University
J.D., Howard University School of Law 

Phone: 717.541.3983

Gloria J. Banks is Associate Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Banks received a B.A. from Howard University in 1984, and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1987. Following graduation from law school, Professor Banks worked as Associate Attorney with Rhoads & Sinon in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1987-91.

Professor Banks joined the faculty at Widener University School of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law in 1991; she served as an Assistant Professor from 1992-96, and has served as Associate Professor since 1996. Professor Banks is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and she teaches and writes in the areas of Property, Wills and Trusts, and Bioethics and the Law.

Professor Banks has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including The Dauphin County Bar Association, The Pennsylvania Bar Association, The American Bar Association, The Harrisburg Black Attorney's Association, The Harrisburg Area Women Lawyers' Association, Past National Trustee of the National Urban League, The Urban League of Metropolitan Harrisburg, The Junior League of Harrisburg, and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Inc.

Professor Banks currently serves on the Dauphin County Bar Association Board of Directors and as a Delegate for The Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Traditional Concepts and Nontraditional Conceptions: Social Security Survivor's Benefits for Posthumously Conceived Children, 32 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 251 (1999).
  • Legal & Ethical Safeguards: Protection of Society's Most Vulnerable Participants in a Commercialized Organ Transplantation System, 21 Am. J. L. & Med. 45 (1995).
  • Medical Mistake and Physician Liability in the Organ Transplant Industry, Law & Bioethics Rep. (Inst. for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law) June 2003, at 6.
  • Medicine and Law: Medical Malpractice, in The Oxford Companion to American Law 557 (Kermit L. Hall ed., 2002).