2013 NLC Fellow: Kimberly Simms

Kimberly Simms
Founding Attorney, Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms

Kimberly earned her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California and started her own law practice focusing on the unique legal needs of the medical marijuana community. In this position she has fought relentlessly for patients’ rights, met with government officials to craft reasonable and effective regulations that allow for safe access, and litigated against cities when they refused to comply with state law. Kimberly is at the forefront of this emerging area of law. She has taught courses on Medical Marijuana Law and has been interviewed by NPR, CNN and various media outlets as a leading expert in this field.

Furthermore, as a passionate advocate for LGBT rights, Kimberly is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of the LGBT community through legal work, education and public policy work. She is currently expanding her practice to include legal services in adoption and surrogacy matters. Kimberly is a member of the Young Professionals Council, a philanthropic organization supporting the San Diego LGBT Center.

As an active volunteer in the progressive community, Kimberly serves as a volunteer attorney for the California Innocence Project; a program devoted to releasing wrongfully convicted inmates. She serves as the Director of Communications for the San Diego County Young Democrats and is excited to serve her second term on the Executive Board of the Sa Diego County Democratic Central Committee as the Director of Fundraising. Kimberly looks forward to the work she and her NLC Institute Fellows will do throughout the community.

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