Michelle Banker is Director of Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation at the National Women’s Law Center. She focuses on litigation to promote reproductive rights and access to health care, including reproductive health care. Before joining NWLC, Ms. Banker was an attorney at Murphy Anderson PLLC, where she litigated on behalf of workers and unions in wage and hour matters and other workplace disputes. She also was an attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, where she worked on complex civil litigation and criminal matters and performed pro bono work in cases involving violations of constitutional rights. Ms. Banker clerked for the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also previously performed state policy research and advocacy on reproductive health issues for NWLC and volunteered for the National Health Law Program, focusing on reproductive health policy.
Ms. Banker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Comments Editor for the Penn Law Review and served as a judicial bypass counselor for the Penn Reproductive Rights Law Project (now If/When/How). She performed health policy research prior to law school at the Center for Studying Health System Change. Ms. Banker received her Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Banker is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia (inactive) and is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts.