Kimberly Backman

Kimberly is a lifelong animal lover and longtime vegan. After a career in civil litigation, including founding a law firm known as LeBac Law, P.C., Kimberly took steps to align her professional goals with her personal values. In 2016, she started providing Pro Bono legal services to animal welfare nonprofits and organizations. She also founded Animal Rights and Advocacy of Illinois, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of animals, their legal rights, and their environment. In 2019, she became the 6th Congressional District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States, assisting in the advancement of both federal and state animal protection legislative agendas, and lobbying to support the passage of Illinois humane pet store ordinances.

Kimberly currently serves as the DuPage County Animal Law Committee Vice-Chair for 2020/2021, was the Committee Chair in 2019/2020, and presented continuing education seminars covering animal law topics in both 2019 and 2021. She also authored Helping Pets of Domestic Violence Victims, published in the DuPage County Bar Association Brief.

Kimberly’s passion lies in advocating and assisting farmed animals. After receiving the Center for Animal Law Studies’ Animal Law LLM Leadership Award, she enrolled in the online program to further her animal advocacy efforts on behalf of cows, pigs, and chickens while continuing to live in the state of Illinois with her three rescue dogs. In her spare time, she volunteers at Erin’s Farm Animal Sanctuary cleaning stalls and feeding apples to different species of farmed animals.

It is an absolute dream come true to be admitted into the Lewis & Clark Animal Law LLM program, and I plan to use all of the knowledge that I gain to advance animal welfare for farmed animals for many years to come.”