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Kim Crockett

Vice President, Senior Policy Fellow & General Counsel

Prior to joining Center of the American Experiment, Kim Crockett served as corporate counsel to a national bank and had a long legal career in commercial real estate law. She enjoyed a decade at home with her young children before returning to the law and public policy. Kim, who is an enthusiastic student of the American Revolution and the written U.S. Constitution, has been a member and officer of the Federalist Society since 1984 when she founded the student chapter at Penn Law in Philadelphia.

Kim’s research, writing and advocacy focuses on the intersection of labor law and the First Amendment, public-sector pension funding, and the Metropolitan Council (regional governance and transit). She recently added immigration with a focus on the refugee resettlement program. Federalism and the rule of law are the framework for Kim’s policy work.

She regularly consults with state and national policy makers and contributes commentaries to The Wall Street Journal, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, and other newspapers across Minnesota. She is a frequent guest speaker at area chambers and business groups– and on radio and television, explaining the impact of state policy to Minnesotans.


  • BA University of Minnesota 1984
  • JD University of Pennsylvania Law School 1987


  • 1987-1989 Drinker Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia PA
  • 1989-1991 Jenner & Block, Chicago IL
  • 1991-1996 Legalgard and Independent Contractor, Chicago IL
  • 2005-2010 TCF National Bank
  • 2011-2012 Minnesota Free Market Institute
  • 2012-present Center of the American Experiment

Civic Activities:

  • Founder, Member and Officer of the Federalist Society (Penn Law, Philadelphia Lawyers Division, Chicago Lawyers Division and Minnesota Lawyers Division)
  • Elected to two four year terms on the Deephaven City Council
  • Liaison to Deephaven Planning Commission
  • Former chairman of the five-city Excelsior Fire District
  • Appointee of Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Compensation Council
  • Appointee of Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Minnesota’s Code of Judicial Conduct