Kimberly C. Stevens
KIMBERLY STEVENS has been a civil and criminal litigator in the trial and appellate courts of the State of North Carolina since 1993, and was a law clerk to a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1992. She has provided direct trial and post-conviction representation in approximately 35 death penalty cases, including the high-profile federal capital cases of United States v. Demario James Atwater and United States v. Gary Michael Hilton, obtaining life sentences in each. She has been appointed by the federal courts as learned counsel in capital cases in North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Puerto Rico. She is also a consulting capital attorney in conjunction with the Trial Assistance Unit at the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services for trial counsel in capital cases throughout the state. She served as an Assistant Capital Defender for the State of North Carolina in recent years.
In 2009, she received the J. Kirk Osborn award from the Fair Trial Initiative for providing excellent representation to indigent men and women facing the death penalty and for her work in mentoring young lawyers throughout North Carolina. Ms. Stevens has further enjoyed serving as an adjunct professor, teaching trial advocacy to students at Wake Forest University School of Law since 2002, and has coached the Wake Forest University School of Law's American Association for Justice Trial Team since 2005.
Also, as a civil litigator for approximately twenty years, Ms. Stevens has handled many civil wrongful death and medical malpractice cases, obtaining results exceeding one million dollars in several wrongful death and personal injury cases.
Washington State University, B.A. Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 1989; Valedictorian, Criminal Justice Department; Phi Beta Kappa; Washington State University Marching Band.
Wake Forest University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1992; Wake Forest Law Review, Moot Court Board and National Trial Team; National Quarterfinalist, National Trial Team Competition, 1991
Law Clerk, The Hon. Patrick J. Duggan, United States Federal District Court Judge, Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit Division, 1992-1993
Associate, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Winston-Salem, NC, 1993-97
Associate, McElwee Firm, PLLC, North Wilkesboro, NC, 1997-2001
Partner, Stevens & Withrow, PLLC, 2001-2006
Assistant Capital Defender, State of North Carolina's Forsyth County Regional Office of the Capital Defender, 2006-2008
Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Washington, 1992 (presently inactive status)
Licensed to Practice Law in the State of North Carolina, 1993 (active member)
Licensed to Practice in the:
United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
Member, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Vice President, Board of Directors of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Adjunct Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 2002 to Present; Coach, Wake Forest University School of Law's AAJ Trial Team, 2005 to Present