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Alexander W. Banks

Assistant Professor of Law, Staff Attorney at South Royalton Legal Clinic

JD, Vermont Law School, 1987;
BA, Bates College, 1983

Phone: 802-831-1500

Awards and Affiliations


  • Received Certificate of Appreciation from the Vermont Supreme Court for service to Vermont Family Courts (2005).
  • Received Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Advocacy and Awareness by the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, April 2000.


Teaching at VLS:

  • Staff Attorney at South Royalton Legal Clinic since 1995.
  • One of four experienced attorneys who supervise the South Royalton Legal Clinic's student clinicians.
  • Designed and taught a course on Comparative Family Law issues at Petrozavodsk State University, Karelia, Russia, October 2000.

Leadership and Service:

  • Member, Windsor County Domestic Violence Task Force.
  • Project Director, Children First! Legal Advocacy Project; provides representation to children in difficult family law cases.
  • Member, Guardian ad Litem Oversight Committee.
  • Faculty Adviser, VLS chapter of Habitat for Humanity, since 1995.
  • Chair, Northwestern Legal Services Housing Law Task Force, Farrell, PA, 1993-95.
  • Drafted and administered Mercer County pro bono plan, Mercer County, PA, 1993-95.
  • Member, Bench-bar Committee, Mercer County Bar Association, 1991-95.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mercer County Literacy Council, 1992-95.
  • Member, Advisory Board and Board of Directors, Mercer County Children and Youth Services, 1993-95.
  • Participant, Mercer County Industrial Development Authority, 1992-95.
  • Adviser, Southwest Gardens Economic Development Corp., Farrell, PA, 1987-95.

Contributions to the Law:

  • Appellee’s Counsel in Raynes v. Rogers, – A.2d –, 2008 WL1758712 (Vt. 2008).
  • Alexander Banks & James C. May, Lawyering for Children in High-Conflict Cases, Vt. B. J. 51 (Winter 2007).
  • Lead counsel in Meyers vs. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review. Pennsylvania Supreme Court changed the evidentiary standard in administrative proceedings and redefined willful misconduct for purposes of unemployment compensation, 1993.


Staff Attorney, 1987-91, and Managing Attorney, 1991-95, Northwestern Legal Services, Farrell, PA.