Kimberly Overton Spahos
Chief Resource Prosecutor
NC Conference of District Attorneys
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, 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.
During her tenure as North Carolina’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Kimberly developed a collaborative model program. Authoring several prosecution manuals, law enforcement resource materials and quick reference guides, Kimberly 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 (NAPC) 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 3 countries, 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 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. More recently, Kimberly has been focusing on leadership development curriculum and courses.
Additionally, Kimberly serves on the Professionalism Committee for the Wake County Bar Association, the Executive Board for the National District Attorneys Association, the Standards Committee for the American Bar Association (ABA), as Advisory Committee Chairman of NC MADD, and as the NAPC Highway Safety Committee Chairman. She previously served on the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Board of Governors and the Criminal Justice Section as a Past Chair, the Executive Board for the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, International Association of Chemical Testing Ethics Committee Chairman, a member of the North Carolina Joint Legislative Taskforce on Fraud Against Older Adults and on the Discovery Task Force for the ABA. Most recently, Kimberly was awarded the NCBA Peter S. Gilchrist Award for extraordinary service as a prosecutor, contributions to the criminal justice system of North Carolina, and to the legal profession. She also served her community as a past Executive Board member with the Woman’s Missionary Union of NC.