Kathy Kimmel & Bob Atkinson

Tubman Donors


Domestic abuse is a tragic reality for many families. In 1998, three organizations created the Safety Project, a program now housed within Tubman, in which volunteer lawyers provide legal representation to domestic abuse victims who are seeking orders for protection for themselves and their family members. One of the founding organizations was the former law firm of Rider Bennett Egan & Arundel, where Kathy Kimmel was working as a litigation attorney. Since the creation of the Safety Project, she has volunteered there as a pro bono attorney, providing legal representation to clients facing profound need and vulnerability. Recognizing that the success of the Safety Project requires the work of many people as well as financial resources, Kimmel has also made financial gifts to help ensure that victims of domestic violence have advocates who can help them in their time of need.

Kimmel has been friends with Bob Atkinson since their first days at law school in 1993. Recently she was joined by Bob and his wife, Barb, at the 2019 Tubman gala. At the event, the Atkinsons made a generous contribution to Tubman. Reflecting on their gift, they noted, “We feel good about supporting Tubman because we saw first-hand that the refuge Tubman offers to families experiencing trauma translates to hope, perseverance, success, and heart-felt joy.”