Kimberly Ambrose

  • Senior Law Lecturer

Contact

Phone: (206) 685-6806
Email: kambrose@uw.edu

Education

B.A. 1984, J.D. 1989, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW B 510 Problems In Professional Responsibility
LAW B 517 Juvenile Justice Seminar
LAW E 530 Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic

Selected Papers

  • Lisa Kelly & Kim Ambrose, Representing Youth: Telling Stories, Imagining Change (Carolina Academic Press 2017). 498 pages.

— See the expanded list below or visit this faculty member's SSRN Author Page for more publications.

Kimberly Ambrose is a senior lecturer and directs the Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic, a clinic she founded in 2011 focusing on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. She joined the clinic faculty part time in 2001 and full time in 2005, as supervising attorney for the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Professor Ambrose also created and taught the Legislative Advocacy Clinic.

Before joining the faculty, she was a public defender representing indigent adults and juveniles in both child welfare and criminal proceedings and worked as a resource attorney for the Washington Defender Association, providing training, technical assistance, and resources to public defense attorneys around Washington state. After she graduated from law school, Professor Ambrose clerked for U.S. District Judge David Ezra in the District of Hawaii.

In 2009, Professor Ambrose was a Resident Fellow for the Open Society Justice Institute in Beijing, China, working on developing criminal defense clinics in several universities across China. She has also worked extensively with newly-established clinics in Indonesia, in partnership with the UW Asian Law Center.

In 2012, Professor Ambrose received the Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education.

She serves on King County Public Defense Advisory Board and the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission.  

Books or Treatises

  • Lisa Kelly & Kim Ambrose, Representing Youth: Telling Stories, Imagining Change (Carolina Academic Press 2017). 498 pages.

Book Chapters

Professional Publications

News Media

  • Panelist, "The War on Drugs and Its Disproportionate Effect on Minorities", with The Honorable Judge Wesley Saint Clair and The Honorable Judge Ricardo Martinez, Social Justice Tuesday, University of Washington School of Law (February 13, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Seizing the Moment: Effective Sentencing of Youth", Washington State Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee (January 10, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Kids and Young Adults Are Different: Individualized Sentencing Based on Youth", Continuing Legal Education, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (December 8, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Seizing the Moment: Effective Sentencing of Youth", Washington State House of Representatives Public Safety Committee (November 16, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Juvenile Brain Development and Sentencing", Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission (October 13, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Race, Class and Culture Matters: Practical Strategies to Ethically and Effectively Challenge Bias in the Criminal Justice System", Forging the Path with Emerging Science in Homicide and Death Penalty Cases, University of Washington School of Law (September 21, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Racial Equity Issues in the Juvenile Justice System", Juvenile Training Academy CLE, University of Washington School of Law (July 21, 2017)

  • Speaker, "How Racism Is Hard Wired in the Criminal Justice System", 7th Annual Conference on Public Defense, The Defender Initiative (March 3, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Ethical Considerations for Legal Clinic Volunteers", Legal Clinic Training, QLaw Foundation (April 10, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Ethical Issues for Juvenile Lawyers", Youth Law Symposium and Annual Meeting, Washington State Bar Association Juvenile Law Section (November 14, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Current Issues in Juvenile Law", 2014 Washington State Office of Public Defense Joint Contractor CLE, (October 24, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Taking Charge of Our Professional Grown While Adapting to Meet Community Needs", 37th Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Association of American Law Schools (April 28, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline Through a Problem Solving Clinic Model", Southwest Regional Clinical Workshop: Empowering Future Generations, (April 18, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Debunking the Myths: Public Accessibility of Juvenile Delinquency Records", CLE Webinar, American Bar Association (March 17, 2014)

  • Speaker, "The Clinical Legal Education Movement: How Socially Relevant Experiential Learning Opportunities Can Transform our Teaching, Our Students and Our Communities", Southeast Asia Legal Education Conference: Preparing Lawyers for Tomorrow’s Society and Profession, (October 1, 2013)