Annie Kim

  • Assistant Dean for Public Service
  • Director, Program in Law and Public Service
  • Director, Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center
  • Assistant Professor of Law, by Secondary Appointment

Assistant Dean for Public Service Annie Kim directs the Program in Law and Public Service and the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center at the Law School.

Prior to joining the Law School, Kim practiced for 12 years as a litigator and in-house counsel, representing Virginia school districts and local governments. Her 2012 victory in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the school board in Republic Franklin Ins. Co. v. Albemarle County School Board secured a landmark ruling in the circuit protecting the rights of local governments against insurance companies seeking to avoid coverage under a wrongful act policy. Throughout her career, Kim practiced extensively in state and federal courts across Virginia, conducting two jury trials and numerous bench trials, arguing motions before trial courts throughout the Commonwealth, serving as counsel of record on appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit. As a local government attorney in both Henrico and Albemarle counties, Kim also drafted numerous ordinances and policies affecting the public safety of citizens, including comprehensive legislation to create Albemarle’s first integrated professional and volunteer fire and rescue system.

Kim has served in many leadership positions with the Virginia State Bar and the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia. She taught newly barred Virginia lawyers on the faculty of the state bar’s mandatory Justice Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, and has taught hundreds of local government attorneys, paralegals, school administrators and teachers, police officers and emergency communications workers on topics ranging from Fourth Amendment use of force and qualified immunity to legal ethics.

Kim has also taught and published extensively as a writer. Her first poetry collection, “Into the Cyclorama,” won the 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and her second book, “Eros, Unbroken,” won the 2019 Washington Poetry Prize. Kim has taught graduate legal research and writing to LL.M. students at the Law School, legal writing to undergraduates at the UVA College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, poetry writing to undergraduates at Virginia Commonwealth University, and many writing seminars to community members throughout Charlottesville.

As a law student, Kim served on the boards of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and worked as a summer intern at the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • M.F.A.
    Warren Wilson College
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia


Eros, Unbroken, The Word Works (2020).
Into the Cyclorama, Southern Indiana Review Press (2016).

Book Chapters

Map of Korea, 1950, in Border Lines: Poems of Migration, Alfred A. Knopf, 35 (2020).

Current Courses

All Courses

Graduate Legal Research and Writing II
Law and Public Service
Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills
Postgraduate Fellowships