“About a third of my work is human rights pro bono cases and so with those clients I consider myself to be a global investor in human rights”
On this episode of LegalMeets we meet Kimberley Motley, an American attorney fighting for justice around the world and best known as the first foreigner to litigate in Afghanistan’s courts. A former Miss America contestant, Kimberley’s work and notable pro bono cases have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN and BBC. In 2014 she gave a TED talk about defending the rule of law and was the subject of the documentary, Motley’s Law.
In this episode we discuss..
– Her TED Talk on defending the rule of law and access to justice
– How an aspiring DJ and beauty queen destined for med school became a lawyer
– Adapting her litigation approach to succeed in Afghanistan
– The decision that led her to fight for justice in a war-torn region
– Shaking up Afghanistan’s courts as the first foreigner litigator
– Creating an international firm from scratch to represent clients on (almost) every continent (Reach out to Kim if you’re in Antarctica!)
– Making global headlines successfully defending child brides in arranged marriages
– Starring in a film documenting her travels and battles in the courtroom
– Receiving an unprecedented four presidential pardons for her clients
– Why access to justice is so important in improving the lives of everyone
Discover more about Kimberley here:
TED Talk: hhttps://www.ted.com/talks/kimberley_motley_how_i_defend_the_rule_of_law
Law firm website: http://www.motleylegal.com/