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New Faculty Member Kimberly Breedon “Pays it Forward” By Returning to UC Law

Professor Kimberly Breedon ’07 is one of the newest members of the law school’s faculty.  After growing up in nearby Bowling Green, Kentucky, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from Western Kentucky University and her master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Illinois.  She then worked for a nonprofit organization in Pennsylvania teaching English as a second language and helping international students obtain the proper visa status for studying in the United States.  It was at this job that she discovered her passion for immigration work, and took it up full time, working for the Duke University and Medical Center and then at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Breedon then transitioned to a position as a legal assistant for an immigration attorney. It was here that she began thinking about going to law school.  She decided to return to the classroom, receiving her JD from UC Law and then her LLM from Columbia University Law School.

Before returning to UC Law as a professor, Professor Breedon clerked under the Hon. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the Hon. Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Hon. Alan E. Norris in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She also worked as a visiting legal researcher at Columbia Law School and taught at Capital University Law School, teaching civil procedure.

Naturally, as her master’s degree is in linguistics, Breedon applies the linguistic theory of pragmatics to the interpretation of case law in her research.  Currently, her research focuses on applying linguistic concepts to judicial opinions involving three areas of justiciability:  foreign official immunity, the political question doctrine, and standing.

Professor Breedon looks back fondly on her time as a student at UC Law.  “The experience as a whole was one of the most enjoyable in my life for numerous reasons,” she said.  She enjoyed the fantastic faculty, the school’s receptiveness to student-initiated projects, and the opportunity for first year students to work on the Human Rights Quarterly, one of the most reputable journals.  Additionally, Professor Breedon had nothing but great things to say about the Ohio Innocence Project.  “The OIP does such important work,” she noted, “that even being affiliated with its home institution fills me with pride.  The faculty, students, and staff who devote countless hours to winning exonerations for the wrongly convicted do yeoman’s work.”  Now, as a visiting assistant professor, Breedon says it is “a real privilege” to be able to return to teach at the school that she enjoyed so much as a student.  “As a former student at UC Law, I believe that teaching here places me in a unique position to ‘pay it forward,’ and I hope to be as helpful a resource for today’s students as my former professors have been for me.” 

Author: Eric Munas ‘15