Phillips, Kimberly

Associate Professor

Kimberly D. Phillips joined the Charleston School of Law in 2012 as an assistant professor teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining the faculty, Phillips was a visiting professor at the school. Her research interests include criminal law and criminal procedure constitutional law issues and mental health law.

Phillips began her teaching career at the Texas Tech University School of Law where she taught seven years and served on several committees including chairing the Honor Council Committee. Phillips has also served on several national committees, including those with the American Association of Law Schools and the Legal Writing Institute.

Prior to her teaching career, Phillips served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps. She served as a defense counsel, legal assistance attorney, and a staff judge advocate for several Admirals, including the first native-American Admiral in the Navy. Among other awards, Phillips is the recipient of two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Phillips graduated from Texas Tech University, Washburn University School of Law, and earned an LL.M. from Columbia University.  Phillips is a member of the Kansas, Oregon and Texas bars.


LL.M., Columbia University; J.D., Washburn University School of Law; B.B.A., Texas Tech University


Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Mental Health Law

Contact Info

Phone: 843.377.1396

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