Kimberly Ambrose is a lecturer and supervising attorney for the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC). She joined the clinic faculty part time in 2001 and full time in 2005. Before joining the faculty, she helped create and direct the Immigrant Child Advocacy Project through the Seattle University Law School Access to Justice Institute. She spent several years as a public defender representing indigent adults and juveniles in both child welfare and criminal proceedings. After graduating from the UW School of Law in 1989, Professor Ambrose clerked for U.S. District Judge David Ezra in the District of Hawaii and then worked in a private civil practice. She has also worked as a resource attorney for the Washington Defender Association, providing training, technical assistance, and resources to public defense attorneys around Washington state. Professor Ambrose has published several articles and resource materials for public defense attorneys including Beyond the Conviction: What Defense Attorneys in Washington State Need to Know About Collateral and Other Non-Confinement Consequences of Criminal Convictions (Washington Defender Association 2004) and Beyond Juvenile Court: Long-Term Impact of a Juvenile Record (Washington Defender Association 2005). Professor Ambrose also created and directs the Juvenile Records Sealing Clinic, staffed by student volunteers from the UW Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington.
Professor Ambrose currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, Washington State Bar Association Indigent Defense Juvenile Subcommittee, King County Racial Disproportionality Coalition, and the Washington State Institutional Review Board as the prisoner representative.