Kim is the current President of the Central Counties Collaborative Law Community and a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. Kim first trained to practice collaboratively in 2009 because she saw it as a way to help her clients achieve a more balanced and respectful solution to their uncoupling. Since then, she’s had advanced training in interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as divorce and custody mediation. She is a member and past President of the Centre County Bar Association and a member and past Zone Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Kim is a 1977 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and a 1980 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Kim has resided in Centre County since 1981. She began her career as an Assistant Public Defender. Three years later, she was promoted by the county commissioners to Chief Public Defender, a position which she held until she and her law partner established their own firm of Hamilton and Kimmel. Kim is proud to serve on the Domestic Relations and Women’s Bar Committees for the Centre County Bar Association and to be a member of the Family Law Section and the Women in the Profession and Collaborative Law Committees of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
When Kim finds free time, she likes to spend it hiking, biking, doing yoga, and playing with her rescue dog, Wilbur.