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Author Motley, Kimberley, author.

Title Lawless : a lawyer's unrelenting fight for justice in one of the world's most dangerous places / Kimberley Motley.

Published Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2019.


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Physical description xii, 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary In the summer of 2008 Kimberley Motley quit her job as a public defender in Milwaukee to join a U.S. government sponsored 'capacity building' program that helped train lawyers in war-torn Afghanistan. She was 32-years-old at the time, a former Mrs. Wisconsin (she entered the competition on a dare) and mother of three who had never travelled outside the United States. What she brought to Afghanistan was a toughness and resilience that came from growing up as an African American in one of the most dangerous cities in the US, a fundamental belief in everyone's right to justice, and a kick-ass approach to practicing law that would make her a legend in the archaic, highly conservative legal environment of Afghanistan. Through sheer force of personality, ingenuity and perseverance, she became the first foreign lawyer to practice in Afghanistan, let alone the first woman. Her legal work swiftly morphed into a personal mission to bring 'justness' to the defenceless and voiceless. In the space of two years, Motley established herself as an expert on Afghanistan's fledgling criminal justice system, steeped in that country's complex laws but equally adept at wielding Sharia law and arcane aspects of the Holy Quran in defence of her clients. Her radical approach has seen her successfully represent both Afghans and Westerners, overturning sentences for men and women who've become subject to often appalling miscarriages of justice. Motley's extraordinary work in Afghanistan was the recent subject of a critically acclaimed documentary entitled 'Motley's Law'.
Subject Motley, Kimberley.
African American women lawyers -- Afghanistan -- Biography.
Civil rights -- Afghanistan.
Afghans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
ISBN 9781760633035

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