Student Life

Kimberly Ballard

Assistant Dean for Student Life
Room 216


Kimberly Ballard took over as Assistant Dean for Student Life in 2012, taking over from Professor John Cross. Dean Ballard works closely with Laura Grubbs (Academic Success Director) and Barbara Thompson (Director of Student Records). The three oversee all aspects of the student experience at UofL, ranging from registration for classes to graduation.

Dean Ballard is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of the Brandeis School of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Louisville.

Dean Ballard joined the Law School in 2009, after having served as a litigation associate in the law firm of Stites & Harbison. As a member of that firm's torts and insurance service group, Dean Ballard represented product manufacturers in mass tort litigation and physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. Dean Ballard also served as a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, acting as Coordinator of the firm’s Summer Associate Program for three years.

As a law student, Dean Ballard competed on the championship team for the Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, placed first in the Pirtle-Washer oral advocacy competition, served on the Student Bar Association and the Moot Court and Professional Skills Board, and was a Notes Editor for the Brandeis Law Journal. Dean Ballard’s note was published in the Fall 2003 issue and received the award for Best Note, Honorable Mention.

In her spare time, Dean Ballard volunteers for Golden Retriever Rescue, enjoys playing golf and tennis, and is an avid University of Louisville basketball fan. Dean Ballard also coaches the Law School’s mock trial teams for the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition.