October 14, 2023

The Gibson-Banks Center for Race and the Law

Shapiro Sher warmly congratulates our long-time Of Counsel Larry S. Gibson on the establishment of the Gibson-Banks Center for Race and the Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  
Over the years, Larry has been bestowed with many honors in recognition of his groundbreaking career in civil rights law and Maryland politics, but the creation of a center in his name is especially meaningful. Committed to improving the lives of those impacted by historical and modern-day racial oppression, the new center will enact the very values that have long motivated Larry in his efforts on behalf of civil rights and racial justice. As a law professor over the past five decades, he has mentored generations of future leaders at the University of Maryland. As a political advisor, he has aided the historic ascent of numerous Black politicians at the local, state, and international levels. Finally, as a leading scholar on the life and work of Thurgood Marshall, Larry has shed new light on this pivotal figure in his biography Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice.  
The Center is also named in honor of Taunya Lovell Banks, a legendary and influential legal scholar and the first tenured Black woman on the University of Maryland law school faculty. We congratulate Ms. Lovell Banks as well, and we look forward to the future success of the Gibson-Banks Center for Race and the Law.