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Kim Hawkins

Executive Director, Rise Women's Legal Centre

Gender equality, gender-based violence, family law, family violence, protection orders, criminal defence, case merits, access to justice, legal aid



Kim is the Executive Director of Rise Women's Legal Centre, a non-profit legal clinic providing free family law services to low income women in BC. Prior to working at Rise, Kim worked in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, where she was a full-time staff lawyer at a busy legal aid clinic, mainly practising family and criminal law. As part of her regular duties, she regularly travelled to small, northern communities for circuit court. While in Whitehorse, she spent two years as judicial clerk, worked as an investigator for the Yukon Human Rights Commission, and served for four years as President of the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society. From 2007 to 2008, Kim worked on strategic constitutional litigation at the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. She holds a J.D. in Law from the University of Victoria, and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.


  • gender equality
  • gender-based violence
  • family law
  • family violence
  • protection orders
  • criminal defence
  • case merits
  • access to justice
  • legal aid

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