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A Lawyer's Unrelenting Fight for Justice in One of the World's Most Dangerous Places

Kimberley Motley



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Allen & Unwin
05 August 2019
Biography; Memoirs; Legal ethics & professional conduct; Criminal justice law
In the summer of 2008 Kimberley Motley quit her job as a criminal defence attorney in Milwaukee to join a program to help train lawyers in war-torn Afghanistan. She was 32 years old at the time, a former Mrs. Wisconsin (she'd entered the contest on a dare) and a mother of three who had never travelled outside the United States.

What she brought to Afghanistan was a toughness and resilience which came from growing up in the projects in one of the most dangerous cities in America, a fundamental belief in everyone's right to justice - whether you live in Milwaukee, New York or Kabul - and a kick-ass approach to practising law that has made her a legend in the archaic, misogynistic and deeply conservative environment of Afghanistan.

Through sheer force of personality, ingenuity and perseverance, Kimberley became the first foreign lawyer to practise in the courts of Afghanistan. Her legal work swiftly morphed into a personal mission - to bring justness to the defenceless and voiceless.

In the space of two years, Kimberley established herself as an expert on Afghanistan's fledgling criminal justice system, steeped in the country's complex laws but equally adept at wielding religious law in the defence of her clients.

Her radical approach has seen her successfully represent both Afghans and Westerners, overturning sentences for men and women who have become subject to often appalling miscarriages of justice.

Kimberley's story is both the memoir of an extraordinary woman fighting in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, and a page-turning non-fiction legal thriller.
By:   Kimberley Motley
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781760633035
ISBN 10:   1760633038
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   05 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kimberley Motley is an African American lawyer who has made headlines around the world with her ground-breaking legal work in Afghanistan. She's best know here for her work in returning two Australian children taken illegally to Afghanistan by their father. The case made national headlines in 2015. She was also instrumental in the Presidential pardon of Rob Langdon.

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