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Kim Stevens

Adjunct Professor of Law


Washington State native Kim Stevens graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1992. She clerked for U. S. District Court Judge Patrick Duggan, ED Michigan, then returned to North Carolina where she was an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice from 1993-97; and at the McElwee Firm in North Wilkesboro from 1997-2001. She was a partner in Stevens & Withrow from 2001-2006; an Assistant Capital Defender for the State of North Carolina from 2006-2008; and returned to private practice from 2008-present.

Ms. Stevens has specialized in high stakes litigation for most of her legal career. She has settled several civil cases for amounts exceeding $1 million each. She now focuses her practice on death penalty defense. She has provided representation in approximately 25 capital cases, including the recent high profile case of United States v. Demario James Atwater.

In 2009, Ms. Stevens received the prestigious J. Kirk Osborn award for representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty, and for mentoring young lawyers.

Ms. Stevens has taught trial practice at Wake Forest University School of Law since 2002, and has coached the school’s AAJ Trial Team since 2005.