Kim is a Chicago native who moved with her family to the Birmingham area in 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Philosophy in Anthropology from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law. She has worked in several areas of law, including criminal defense, civil rights, and employment discrimination. Since being admitted to the bar in Alabama, Kim has shifted her focus almost entirely to immigration work.
Kim began working for our firm in 2018 as a summer intern. After her time here, she continued her immigration work almost exclusively in the representation of asylum seekers, both as an independent contractor, and in a pro bono capacity. She has represented detained and non-detained asylum seekers in the United States, and she spent several weeks throughout 2019 and 2020 providing pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers who were subjected to MPP policies at a legal clinic at the United States-México border in Tijuana, México. Kim has also been engaged as a featured speaker regarding asylum rights and border issues.
As a full-time attorney in our office, Kim's work is largely centered on removal defense-- particularly asylum and cancellation of removal. She represents our clients before the immigration courts in New Orleans and Atlanta, as well as before USCIS in Montgomery. Her enduring passion and focus is "crisis immigration"-- a term she uses to describe cases where clients face the prospect of having their families divided by a border or being returned across a border to the perils from which they have previously fled. Kim speaks some Spanish, but she is grateful that our office is staffed with highly competent bilingual staff who can help her communicate fully with our clients.
Dave formerly served as the Director of the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL), District Court Section (DCS), at the United States Department of Justice. OIL-DCS was responsible for all immigration litigation beginning in the trial courts and all appeals therefrom. After his almost four decades at the Department of Justice (eleven years in the Criminal Division and twenty-eight years in the Civil Division's Office of Immigration Litigation), Dave joined his former colleague, John Charles Bell to work on immigration matters that require Dave's energy and inventiveness, and John often describes Dave as "a dog with a bone." Dave brings unmatched expertise, insight, and legal talent that are invaluable and unique to our firm.