“The Rise and Fall of the Registry”

Kimberly Buddin is a Michigan attorney specializing in civil rights policy and governmental affairs. She has experience in civil rights, human rights, municipal, immigration, family, and criminal law.

Kimberly received her B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of Michigan in 2010. It was at Michigan where her passion for advocacy and activism heightened. As a catalyst for making a greater social justice impact, Kimberly pursued a legal education, graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014.

She currently serves as senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the Justice Division. In this role she works to advance criminal legal reform across the country through state and federal work.

Prior to her current role, Kimberly worked for the ACLU of Michigan on criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights, racial justice, women’s rights, privacy rights, free speech, poverty rights, disability rights and prisoners’ rights, to name a few. She regularly worked with local and state legislators, policymakers, and organizations to develop effective policies and projects to protect civil rights and civil liberties and address issues of injustice and inequity faced by underrepresented groups.

Outside of her work with the ACLU, Kimberly currently serves as a governor-appointed advisory board member for the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center for Homeland Security, a commissioner on the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, teaches public service and civil rights courses as an adjunct professor at Wayne State Law School, volunteers as a pro-bono attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and is the co-founder and secretary for the State Bar of Michigan Immigration Law Section.