Kristin Kimmelman


Kristin (Connor) Kimmelman is a research and writing specialist with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Texas in El Paso, Texas. Prior to joining the FPD’s Office in 2012, Kristin was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney (2010-2012) at Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc., an El Paso non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost immigration services. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Kristin returned to the southwest to clerk for the Honorable David Briones of the Western District of Texas in El Paso (2008-2010) after obtaining her juris doctor cum laude from New York University School of Law (2008).

Kristin has been an active FBA member since 2009 and was a member of the El Paso Chapter board between 2009 and 2014, where she served as Secretary (2010-2011), President-Elect (2011-2012), President (2012-2013), and Immediate Past-President (2013-2014). She currently is Chair of the El Paso Chapter’s Border Law Conference and a member of the FBA’s Immigration Law Section board.

Kristin is licensed to practice in Texas and New Mexico and served on the board of the New Mexico State Bar Immigration Section from 2011 to 2014. As a research and writing specialist, Kristin assists the twenty trial attorneys in the El Paso office, updates the list of convictions categorized by the Fifth Circuit as “crimes of violence” for the purposes of the illegal reentry sentencing guideline, and posts on recent Fifth Circuit criminal decisions on the Fifth Circuit Blog, circuit5.blogspot.com. She frequently lectures on the categorical approach, Fifth Circuit and Supreme Court recent decisions, and immigration relief for youth such as deferred action for childhood arrivals and special immigrant juvenile status.