AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Kimberly Motley, Kabul’s Most Respected Lawyer

September 27th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana




Name: Kimberly Motley

Age: 35

Occupation: Lawyer, mom, former beauty queen

Known for: Helping foreigners sitting in Afghan jails. The Daily Beast‘s Elise Jordan just profiled the daughter of an American dad and South Korean mom, mother of three and 2004 Miss Wisconsin, who is currently a registered attorney with the American, British, Italian, Norwegian, German, and Canadian Embassies and recently negotiated the release of high-profile Brit detainee Bill Shaw. Motley wears neither a dress, veil nor headscarf in trial and is, according to Jordan, “one of the most respected lawyers in Kabul.”

From TDB:

Motley, who was crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, grew up in Milwaukee and earned her law degree at Marquette University. She had never traveled outside the U.S. before she began working to rebuild Afghanistan’s legal system in 2008 as a part of the State Department’s Justice Sector Program. Traveling around the countryside—visiting women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, and some of Afghanistan’s roughest and toughest jails—she found that “not only were due process violations being ignored for virtually all of the accused persons, but there were quite a few foreigners trapped within the legal and prison system,” she says.

Motley’s life and safety is at risk every time she goes to work, yet she is not swayed.  “I have clients back there… They need my help,” she told Jordan. It seems possible that her strong moral compass is both her guide and her gasoline: “Justice, ethics, protection of human rights—the people deserve it.”

[TDB: Kim Motley - The Go-To Lawyer In Kabul]

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3 Responses to “AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Kimberly Motley, Kabul’s Most Respected Lawyer”

  1. Cindy says:

    This one deserves a WOW!

  2. BusyDad says:

    Some people are simply too amazing for me to make a snarky comment about. Dammit.

  3. lhootiedoo123 says:

    I admire kimberly’s spirit in trying to make a difference and bringing understanding to universal law. I will keep her in my heart and prayers.Grandma Shirley/ Kinston NC>

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