Kimberley Chongyon Motley is an American International Attorney of African American and Korean descent. She is licensed and has permission to practice in Afghanistan, Wisconsin, the U.S. Supreme Court, Dubai International Financial Courts, and the International Criminal Courts, She is considered one of the most effective defense attorneys operating in Afghanistan.
Kimberley Motley is an American attorney and the first foreign lawyer to practise in Afghanistan. Born in 1975 to an African-American father and a North Korean mother, she grew up in a poor neighbourhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where hers was the only mixed-race family - and the only family with two parents. Education was very important to her parents, who sent their four children to private schools and also paid for extra tutoring. After completing degrees in Criminal Justice and Law, Kimberley spent five years working as a Public Defender before taking up the opportunity in 2008 to go to Afghanistan for a year to train local lawyers. Her husband, Claude, stayed in the US to take care of their three children. When her one-year contract in Afghanistan came to an end, she decided to stay and started her own private legal practice. Initially she only took on foreign clients, but once she had familiarised herself with the intricacies of local laws and customs, she accepted her first Afghan client. She has gone on to build a thriving practice, with a 70-30% ratio of paid to pro-bono work. Her practice now extends to other parts of the world including Uganda, Ghana and the UAE and earlier this year she published a book about her working life. DISC ONE: Will Smith - A Nightmare on My Street DISC TWO: Elton John - I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues DISC THREE: LL Cool J - I'm Bad DISC FOUR: KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See DISC FIVE: Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris - Dance Wiv Me DISC SIX: Ed Sheeran - I See Fire DISC SEVEN: The Black Eyed Peas - Pump It DISC EIGHT: Kendrick Lamar - DNA BOOK CHOICE: 1984 by George Orwell LUXURY ITEM: Business card holder with photo of her children CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Pump It by Black Eyed Peas Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Cathy Drysdale
What have almost two decades of American intervention in Afghanistan achieved? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Kimberley Motley - an American lawyer who went to Kabul in a training capacity and stayed to become a respected litigator fighting for the rights of the abused and the powerless. The death toll in the Afghan conflict far outstrips the losses in Syria and Yemen. But the grim statistics tell only a part of Afghanistan’s story. Does her experience give grounds for hope or despair?
(Original broadcast date: December 12, 2014) What does it mean to be courageous? Is it an automatic response or a conscious choice? This hour, TED speakers examine the nature of courage and what it takes to risk everything to do the right thing. Guests include entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan, reporter Janine di Giovanni, lawyer Kimberley Motley, and president of Planned Parenthood Dr. Leana Wen.
Would you be willing to put yourself in harm’s way to stand up for what is right? Today’s guest, Kimberly Motley, doesn’t hesitate to go great lengths to help a fellow human. Kimberly is the only foreign lawyer in Afghanistan. She is straight to the point about the issues in Afghanistan while full of hope for its people. In fact, the people are why Kimberly stays in Afghanistan fighting. Her empathy runs deep. Kimberly thoroughly believes that every human deserves a right to protection. Kimberly is constantly meeting with people in Afghan prisons, hearing their stories, and finding the justice they deserve, inevitably helping reshape Afghanistan’s societal structure. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the dynamic for you growing up half African American and half Korean? (3:59) How did the race relations in Milwaukee affect you? (6:11) What took you to Afghanistan? (9:17) How were you feeling going into Afghanistan for the first time? (10:36) How do you feel good enough for these cases when they’re such big issues to tackle? (22:16) Are things getting better in Afghanistan? (28:43) How do you know when you’ve done enough? (35:05) In This Episode, You Will Learn: The flawed racial climate that continues to exist (4:49) The truth Kimberly learned by conversing with people in Afghan prisons (13:46) How Kimberly tackles the big issues (19:39) The power Kimberly feels with the court (26:40) Kimberly’s abundant hope for Afghanistan and its people (30:05) Plus much more… Links and Resources: Motleys Law Trailer Richard Bronson on Kimberly Motley, “The Law Belongs to Us ” Women for Afghan Women Contact Kimberly Follow Kimberly on Twitter Full Transcript and More Episodes Follow Lisa on Twitter Follow Lisa on Instagram --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia
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