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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 became President of the Minnesota Free Market Institute in 2011, an SPN member and educational arm of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. The Center and the Minnesota Free Market Institute combined forces in 2012, with Kim joining then President and Founder Mitch Pearlstein as Executive Vice President to fortify the Center as the leading voice in Minnesota for conservative and free market policy.

Kim’s research, writing and advocacy focuses on public unions and labor law, public pensions, the Metropolitan Council (regional government and transit) and the impact of the estate tax on Minnesota’s long term health. 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 Star Tribune, 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