Kimberly Waller is a policy research fellow in the Legislation Clinic and Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Waller worked with the Legislation Clinic to provide an educational experience for eight law students interested in learning how to use their law degree to advance legislative reform. For the 2013-2014 class, the clinic specialized in Michigan child welfare law. The clinic successfully introduced three pieces of legislation in the Michigan state legislature.
Waller also conducts her own research on legislative reform initiatives in Michigan with the goal of advancing systems change within the foster care system by researching best practices from across the country. Waller will seek to uncover key challenges within Michigan's child welfare system, looking specifically at ways to improve education and health outcomes for Michigan foster youth, while advancing systems change by sharing information with key stakeholders.
Waller recently served as a legislative assistant to a U.S. senator, where she managed the senator's health, education, and child and family welfare legislative agenda. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served on the board of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation advocating for public interest attorneys and students. Before law school, she worked as a social worker with the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Legal Services Association, where she collaborated with attorneys in disability cases to provide holistic services to clients. Waller earned her BSW, summa cum laude, in social work with a minor in political science and women's studies from the University of Pittsburgh.