Kimberlina McKinney is Lecturer in Law and will teach Business Deals at UCLA School of Law. She is currently a Business and Legal Affairs Executive at Levity Entertainment Group. In 2014, she established KL&C Partners, an entertainment and business law practice focused on tech, digital media and unique productions. She was previously an associate at Harder, LLP where she worked on high-stakes publicity and IP litigation for A-List celebrities and was assigned to the infamous Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker sex-tape and invasion of privacy lawsuit, resulting in a $140 million jury verdict.
McKinney is also Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Northridge where she teaches advance courses in Business Law. She also taught a full-day workshop called The Nuts & Bolts of Starting and Running a Law Practice at UCLA School of Law in 2017 and 2018, as well as an expanded summer course version of the workshop at Southwestern Law School.
As an undergraduate, McKinney received the Dorothy Drake Memorial Scholarship and the Agnes Moreland Jackson Senior Thesis Award for her field work inside of juvenile detention centers to expose their bias and opportunities to improve rehabilitation. While at UCLA School of Law she served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Graduate Student Association and was elected as the President for her 1L Class. McKinney won first place during the Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial and was Staff Editor of the UCLA National Black Law Journal and UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Stuart Rice of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
As part of her volunteer work, McKinney is passionate about improving early education and was appointed as a local school board member for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. In this role she helps oversee the business affairs of the schools, ensure actions are in alignment with student and community interests, and approve annual budgets. Alliance serves predominately Black and Hispanic low-income scholars and is the largest charter school network in Los Angeles. Despite large achievement gaps upon matriculation, Alliance’s scholars boast of a 95% college acceptance rate and Alliance is recognized among the best schools with the National Blue Ribbon.
Websites: www.levitylive.com www.klcpartners.com www.laalliance.org