An alumna of Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., Ms. Kilpatrick serves on the Supreme Court of Nevada's Bench Bar Committee and Criminal Procedure Committee. She accrued vast criminal defense experience as a deputy public defender in Elko, Nevada. As a juvenile justice advocate in Elko, she established a myriad of policy improvements such as abolishing the denial of "credit for time served" to children incarcerated prior to disposition as well as eliminating the juvenile detention center's policy that denied parents visitation with their children. In addition, Ms. Kilpatrick drafted the Fourth Judicial District Court rule repealing the practice of indiscriminately shackling children in court. She has written legislation that passed in the Nevada legislature that allows out of state felony DUI defendants to complete treatment in their home states and avoid a mandatory prison sentence. Furthermore, Ms. Kilpatrick is an adept appellate attorney and helped achieve many court rulings favorable to defendants' rights. Most notable is Torres v. State, 131 Nev. Adv. Rep. 2 (2015)(cert. pending), which held that the retention of a pedestrian's identification to run a warrants check is a seizure under the Fourth Amendment, and that the presence of an outstanding warrant does not purge the taint of an unlawful seizure. Ms. Kilpatrick is also licensed to practice law in Virginia.