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Kimberly Overton, Chief Resource Prosecutor

Biography

A prosecutor, trainer, teacher, speaker and facilitator, Kimberly Overton currently serves with the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys as the Chief Resource Prosecutor where she provides technical assistance, education and training to prosecutors, judges, law enforcement and other criminal justice and allied professionals.   Before coming to the Conference of District Attorneys in 2003 as North Carolina’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Kimberly served as an Assistant District Attorney in Halifax County, NC working in both district and superior court.  As an Assistant District Attorney and currently as a Special Prosecutor, Kimberly has handled all types of cases ranging from traffic tickets to homicide.  Throughout her career, she has specialized in impaired driving, vehicular homicide, child and adult sexual abuse and elder exploitation and abuse.  

During her tenure as North Carolina’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Kimberly developed a collaborative model program.  By fostering relationships and generating unconventional partnerships, she spearheaded an innovative statewide approach to traffic programing focusing on improving public safety.  Authoring several prosecution manuals, law enforcement resource materials and quick reference guides, Kimberly quickly gained national acclaim for the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor program yielding her recognition from various organizations and a two year prosecution fellowship with  the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kimberly has served as faculty for thousands of courses sponsored by numerous criminal justice organizations throughout the world.  Lecturing in more than 40 states and 4 countries on topics including criminal law and procedure, systems and management tools, program and personnel assessment, work/life balance, effective communication and advocacy and leadership styles and practices, she has been instrumental in the creation of an “out of the box” approach to curriculum development and course production.  As guest lecturer at Wake Forest and North Carolina Central law schools and the author and adjunct professor for a Prosecution Advocacy course at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, Kimberly understands the need to promote a grassroots, ground level approach to criminal justice issues and solutions.  As a regular keynote speaker and visiting lecturer at Police Training Academies, Community Colleges, Technical Institutes and Universities throughout the country, she frequently educates students and community organizations regarding criminal justice matters.  

Additionally, Kimberly serves on the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors and the Criminal Justice Section as Immediate Past Chair, the North Carolina Joint Legislative Taskforce on Fraud Against Older Adults Prosecution Subcomittee, the Professionalism Committee for the Wake County Bar Association, the Executive Board for both the National District Attorneys Association and the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, Advisory Committee Chairman of NC MADD, International Association of Chemical Testing Ethics Committee Chairman, as the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators Highway Safety Committee Chairman and on the Discovery Taskforce for the American Bar Association.  She also served her community as a past Executive Board member with the Woman’s Missionary Union of NC and a leader with their Professional Women’s Section.

Areas of Expertise

  1. Sexual Abuse
  2. Human Trafficking
  3. Elder Exploitation and Abuse
  4. Leadership and Management
  5. Trial Advocacy
  6. Traffic Safety

Selected Presentations

  • Discovery and Disclosure: The Benefits of Open File
  • Women as Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Relationships


Human Trafficking

  • Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Dynamics of Human Trafficking
  • Investigating Human Trafficking

 

Sexual Abuse

  • Campus Sexual Assault
  • Teen Relationship Violence and Abuse
  • Rape and Trauma

 

Domestic Violence

  • Strangulation
  • Detecting Lethality

 

Elder Exploitation and Abuse

  • Prevalence,  Projections and Predictions
  • Overcoming Barriers
  • Scams, Frauds and Trends
  • Vulnerability and Aging
  • Combating Elder Abuse
  • A Multidisciplinary Approach to Justice
  • Protection in Long Term Care Facilities
  • Enhancing Court Services for Older Adults
  • Challenges with Older Adult Victims and Witnesses
  • How Courts Can Best Accommodate Older Adults
  • Strategies for Reform:  Older Adults and the Criminal Justice System
  • Building Coalitions to Advocate Against Elder Abuse and Exploitation

 

Leadership and Management 

  • Handling Difficult People
  • Surviving Workplace Pressure
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Programmatic Assessment Tools
  • Personnel Performance and Assessment
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Leadership Principles and Practices
  • Partnerships and Team Building
  • The Leadership Challenge
  • Finding and Keeping Perspective
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Managing the Media
  • Organizational Management:  Creating and Managing Change
  • Modeling Effective Techniques in Mentoring

 

Advocacy

  • Courtroom Preparation, Presentation and Testimony
  • Talking to a Jury
  • Passion, Promotion Persuasion and Presentation
  • Visual Aides, Props and Other Courtroom Necessities
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Cross Examination and Other Trial Advocacy Topics

 

Traffic Safety

  • Drug Impaired Driving
  • Impaired Drivers: Dangers and Challenges of Repeat Offenders
  • Drug Classifications and Effects
  • Alcohol:  Abuse, Dependency and the Criminal Justice System
  • Teen Drivers and Distraction

Selected Articles

  • Between the Lines – National District Attorneys Association, November 2005
  • North Carolina Multidisciplinary Highway Safety Newsletter – For the Record – The Blow
    • February, May and August – 2004
    • March, May, July, August and November – 2005
    • February, May and September – 2006
    • January, March, July, September – 2007
  • International Association of Chemical Testing Newsletter, August 2007
  • North Carolina Now Comes The State Quarterly Magazine – Justice Delivered
    • September 2014
    • January 2015
    • May 2015
  • North Carolina PRIMER on Impaired Driving for Prosecutors 
    • 2008
    • Update 2011
  • North Carolina DWI Prosecutor’s Trial Manual 
    • Edition II 2008
    • Edition III 2010
    • Edition IV 2012
  • Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, Contributor – NHTSA
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Update, Contributor – NHTSA
  • Amicus Brief – North Carolina Supreme Court
    • September 2003,
    • July 2006,
    • February and October 2007,
    • January and March 2008

Honors and Awards

  • National Prosecutor of the Year – MADD, 2006
  • National DRE Prosecutor of the Year – CANDID, 2006
  • National Highway Safety Administration Service Award, 2006
  • Directors Award – NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program, 2007
  • North Carolina Operation Lifesaver Prosecutor of the Year, 2008
  • North Carolina Wildlife Prosecution Award, 2011
  • South Carolina DRE Program Meritorious Service Award, 2011

Kimberly Overton
Chief Resource Prosecutor

Kimberly Overton is an internationally recognized speaker on criminal justice issues ranging from traffic safety to capital litigation. Her dynamic presentation style motivates and inspires diverse audiences. In the fields of leadership and management, Kimberly is a sought after facilitator and trainer.

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