Meet Kimberly

J.D., M.P.H., B.S.N.

For more than 25 years, Kimberly has devoted her career to advocating for women's rights, social justice, equality, and victim's rights. She is an experienced attorney who has worked in the trenches - as a litigator, advocate, lawmaker, and activist. She understands multiple influences upon health and wellbeing based on her experience as a registered nurse and advocate for domestic violence survivors.

 

She focuses her work in the arenas of gender-based violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, criminal justice reform, crime victim protection, and women's rights.

 

Kimberly uses an intersectional view and unique approach to all issues and to helping individuals find justice. She is a member of the Montana Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Kimberly developed expertise protecting Montanans during her time as a deputy county attorney, assistant attorney general, and substitute municipal court judge.

 

Kimberly has spearheaded groundbreaking legal reforms, working with and leading teams in these efforts. She is a fiscal leader and is the former Chairperson for the Montana Legislative Finance Committee, Past Chairperson for the Council of State Governments West, and Past Chairwoman of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. During her eight years as a Montana State Representative, Kimberly led innovative reforms in criminal justice, child welfare, and violence against women.

 

Her leadership has been recognized by receipt of the New Leaders Council Award for Political Leadership, a Women of Excellence Award by the National Foundation for Women Legislators, and the State Government Affairs Council Award. In addition to her work at Kimberly Dudik & Associates, she co-founded and is the CEO of the Public Policy Institute of the Rockies, dedicated to working on under-addressed issues and leading transformational change.

Awards:​

  • 2019 State Governmental Affairs Council Award

  • 2015 Elected Women of Excellence Award 

  • 2013 New Leaders Council 40 Under 40 Award for Political Leadership​ 

  • New Leaders Council-Montana 2012 Class

  • The Order of Barristers 2003

Community Service:

  • Director, Board of Directors, Providence, St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, MT, 2015-present
  • Director, Board of Directors, Child Start Inc. Head Start, Missoula, MT 2020-present
  • Member, Montana Department of Corrections Interstate Council, Helena, MT, 2016-2020
  • Board Member, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Advisory Board, Missoula, MT,  2015-2020
  • Commissioner, Montana Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, Helena, MT, 2013-2020
  • Director, Board of Directors, Children’s Center, Missoula, MT, 2011-2015

Credentials:

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Master of Public Health Degree, 2008
  • University of Montana School of Law – Juris Doctorate, 2003

  • Montana State University – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1998

Kimberly Dudik, attorney for crime survivors and advocate for social change.

Experience:

CEO & founder, Kimberly Dudik & Associates — 2005-present​

 

Creator, The Reform Podcast — 2021-present ​

 

CEO & Co-founder, Public Policy Institute of the Rockies — 2020-present​

 

State Representative, Montana State Legislature — 2013-2020

  • Finance Committee – Chairperson

  • Task Force of State Public Defender Operations – Chairperson

  • Appropriations Committee – Member

  • Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice – Ranking Member

  • Joint Subcommittee on the Changing Economy and Impacts to the Long-Term Viability of Montana’s Tax Structure – Member

  • Joint Select Committee on Settlement Accountability – Vice-Chairperson

  • Rules Committee – Vice-Chairperson

 

Chairperson, Council of State Governments West — 2019

 

Chairperson, National Foundation for Women Legislators — 2018

 

Vice-Chairperson Public Safety Committee, Council of State Governments West - 2017-2018

 

Substitute Municipal Court Judge, City of Missoula, MT  — 2014-2016

 

Associate Attorney, Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven — 2013-2015

 

Assistant Attorney General, Montana Department of Justice — 2007-2012

 

Deputy County Attorney, Gallatin County Attorney's Office — 2005-2007

 

Law Clerk for Justice William Leaphart, Montana Supreme Court — 2003-2004

 

Legal Intern, Missoula County Attorney's Office — 2002-2003

 

Legal Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office District of Montana — 2002

 

Registered Nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Community Medical Center — 2000-2001

 

Registered Nurse, St. Patrick's Hospital — 1999–2000

Domestic Violence Advocate, Missoula YWCA, 1997-2000