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Kim D. Ricardo

Associate Dean of Experiential Education; Director, Lawyering Skills Program; Professor of Law;


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300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

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(312) 427-2737 ext. 856

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Kim D. Ricardo is Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Experiential Education, and Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at UIC Law.  She is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.  She joined the UIC Law faculty in 2008 and has also been Visiting Professor at Seattle Law, UNLV, and DePaul.

In 2022, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina hosted by the Ambrosio Lucas Gioja Institute of Legal and Social Research at the University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Law.  At UIC, she teaches Criminal Law & Procedure, Lawyering Skills, and seminar courses on race, gender, and class.  Ricardo’s scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy, and social movements in the United States and her recent article considers abortion law and policy from an international comparative perspective.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ricardo was an actor and performing artist in both theatre and film.  She is also a published author; her poetry appears in Maganda Magazine and in the 2001 Underground Railroad calendar.  In 2012, her piece “Truth Commission” was shown at the School of the Art Institute’s Sullivan Gallery as part of the exhibit “Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture.”  She now enjoys various social dance activities, including salsa, bachata, and tango.  She has also served on the creative team for Tango Entre Mujeres, an all-women’s dance company in Buenos Aires.