Kim Taylor-Thompson


Kim Taylor-Thompson is a Professor of Clinical Law Emerita at New York University, where she teaches courses related to criminal law and community and criminal defense. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the impact of race and gender in public policy—particularly criminal and juvenile justice policy—and the need to prepare lawyers to meet the demands of practice in, and on behalf of, subordinated communities.

Taylor-Thompson has recently returned to NYU from a leave, having served for three years as the chief executive officer of Duke Corporate Education, ranked by Financial Times as the #1 global provider of customized executive education. She worked with Fortune 500 companies and governments and taught in numerous programs focusing on translating and executing strategy and leading in complex environments.

Prior to joining NYU School of Law, Taylor-Thompson was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford, where she received the John Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before academia, Taylor-Thompson spent a decade at the D.C. Public Defender Service, ultimately serving as its director. She is a frequent moderator of Socratic dialogues. Taylor-Thompson received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Brown University.