Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Banta teaches in the area of trusts and estates and property. Her primary research interests include digital asset succession, property rights, and state intestacy laws. Her scholarship focuses on how American succession law should adapt to the changing nature of property in the digital age. Her most recent articles are published in the Fordham Law Review and the North Carolina Law Review.

Prior to joining Valparaiso University Law School, Professor Banta was a Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor at Stetson University College of Law, teaching Trusts and Estates, Property, and Administrative Law. She practiced for three years at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., where she litigated under the Alien Tort Statute, defended a national bank in a multi-district consumer class action, and was a member of the trial team representing BP in civil litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. Professor Banta clerked for Judge Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Banta graduated first in her class at Brigham Young University Law School and served as the editor-in-chief of the BYU Law Review. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, where she graduated magna cum laude and with University Honors.