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American attorney Kimberley Motley has earned the reputation of one of the world’s most respected and successful lawyers. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, Motley currently spends most of her time navigating Afghanistan’s punitive and capricious legal system with unprecedented success.

After a 40-year-old man raped his 15-year-old female cousin, according to Afghan customs, the young victim was jailed for 10 years for having sex out of wedlock, during which she was impregnated.

Nearly two years after the girl was imprisoned, Motley learned of the case and signed on to defend the young victim. Motley argued the case all the way to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and was able to get the court to agree to reduce the girl’s sentence significantly--to three years and to stop the impending forced marriage. But Motley wanted an even better result for the girl. She appealed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a presidential pardon request. Fighting the case all the way to the Presidential Palace, Motley emerged victorious. The pardon was surprisingly granted, it was the first and only presidential pardon given to a female for a moral crime in Afghanistan’s history. The young victim was exonerated of her charges and granted freedom. This case is just one example of the extraordinary effects Motley’s fearless efforts have on her clients specifically and on the legal system as a whole.

This pioneering international litigator is the daughter of a North Korean refugee mother and an ex-military African American father initially served as an attorney with the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office, where she litigated hundreds of criminal, civil and juvenile cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

Motley then applied to travel to Afghanistan as part of a State Department-funded legal-education program that took her to some of Afghanistan’s notoriously rough, male prisons, women’s prisons, and juvenile detention centers. She quickly discovered that there was a dire need for good lawyers to represent foreigners in trouble with the local, corrupt judicial system. As a result she opened a private practice and became the first and still only Westerner to practice law in Afghanistan’s courts.

Affectionately nicknamed “911,” Motley spends nine months of the year living in Afghanistan, defending foreigners to the country, Fortune 500 companies, embassies and ambassadors, and women and children in human rights cases, which have involved everything from accusations of drug trafficking, battery, murder. Bringing her vast knowledge, experience, success record and steadfast ethical standards to each case, Motley challenges outdated cultural norms and focuses on human rights. This former beauty queen, crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, has independently won freedom for countless victims, such as a seven-year-old child bride, a 15-year-old girl raped and imprisoned, and a British ex-soldier accused of bribery. Motley is a registered attorney for more than 20 embassies, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, as well as an attorney for the French, Italian, U.A.E., and U.K. embassies and ambassadors.

Her expert legal work and legal research and precedent has earned international attention with segments on CNN, the BBC, NBC, Dan Rather Reports, as well as articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among many others. Motley has also published several articles on juvenile justice and contemporary legal issues in Afghanistan. She is currently penning a book chronicling her experiences as a Western attorney in the Middle East. In her lectures around the world, Motley shares her breadth of international law and her prowess handling criminal, commercial, civil, and human rights issues. Motley is currently licensed to practice law in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Courts, Dubai DIFC., the U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin, and is working on other jurisdictions. As a tenious attorney and former Mrs. Wisconsin, Motley plans to continue to represent persons in various courts internationally with the hopes of raising the standards of rule of law.

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Kimberley Motley Biography

American attorney Kimberley Motley has earned the reputation of one of the world’s most respected and successful lawyers. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, Motley currently spends most of her time navigating Afghanistan’s punitive and capricious legal system with unprecedented success.

After a 40-year-old man raped his 15-year-old female cousin, according to Afghan customs, the young victim was jailed for 10 years for having sex out of wedlock, during which she was impregnated.

Nearly two years after the girl was imprisoned, Motley learned of the case and signed on to defend the young victim. Motley argued the case all the way to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and was able to get the court to agree to reduce the girl’s sentence significantly--to three years and to stop the impending forced marriage. But Motley wanted an even better result for the girl. She appealed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a presidential pardon request. Fighting the case all the way to the Presidential Palace, Motley emerged victorious. The pardon was surprisingly granted, it was the first and only presidential pardon given to a female for a moral crime in Afghanistan’s history. The young victim was exonerated of her charges and granted freedom. This case is just one example of the extraordinary effects Motley’s fearless efforts have on her clients specifically and on the legal system as a whole.

This pioneering international litigator is the daughter of a North Korean refugee mother and an ex-military African American father initially served as an attorney with the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office, where she litigated hundreds of criminal, civil and juvenile cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

Motley then applied to travel to Afghanistan as part of a State Department-funded legal-education program that took her to some of Afghanistan’s notoriously rough, male prisons, women’s prisons, and juvenile detention centers. She quickly discovered that there was a dire need for good lawyers to represent foreigners in trouble with the local, corrupt judicial system. As a result she opened a private practice and became the first and still only Westerner to practice law in Afghanistan’s courts.

Affectionately nicknamed “911,” Motley spends nine months of the year living in Afghanistan, defending foreigners to the country, Fortune 500 companies, embassies and ambassadors, and women and children in human rights cases, which have involved everything from accusations of drug trafficking, battery, murder. Bringing her vast knowledge, experience, success record and steadfast ethical standards to each case, Motley challenges outdated cultural norms and focuses on human rights. This former beauty queen, crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, has independently won freedom for countless victims, such as a seven-year-old child bride, a 15-year-old girl raped and imprisoned, and a British ex-soldier accused of bribery. Motley is a registered attorney for more than 20 embassies, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, as well as an attorney for the French, Italian, U.A.E., and U.K. embassies and ambassadors.

Her expert legal work and legal research and precedent has earned international attention with segments on CNN, the BBC, NBC, Dan Rather Reports, as well as articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among many others. Motley has also published several articles on juvenile justice and contemporary legal issues in Afghanistan. She is currently penning a book chronicling her experiences as a Western attorney in the Middle East. In her lectures around the world, Motley shares her breadth of international law and her prowess handling criminal, commercial, civil, and human rights issues. Motley is currently licensed to practice law in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Courts, Dubai DIFC., the U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin, and is working on other jurisdictions. As a tenious attorney and former Mrs. Wisconsin, Motley plans to continue to represent persons in various courts internationally with the hopes of raising the standards of rule of law.

Kimberley Motley Videos

  • Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law
  • International Lawyer - Building a Global Human Rights Economy - Clip
  • International Lawyer - Building a Global Human Rights Economy

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  • How to book Kimberley Motley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kimberley Motley for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Kimberley Motley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kimberley Motley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kimberley Motley?

    Booking fees for Kimberley Motley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kimberley Motley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kimberley Motley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kimberley Motley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kimberley Motley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kimberley Motley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kimberley Motley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kimberley Motley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kimberley Motley for your event is available upon request. Kimberley Motley generally travels from Charlotte, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sheryl Winarick, Sarah Beaulieu, Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, Sam Seidel and Holley M. Murchison. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kimberley Motley for an upcoming event.

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  • Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law
    International Lawyer - Building a Global Human Rights Economy - Clip
  • International Lawyer - Building a Global Human Rights Economy
    Kimberley Motley, International Lawyer - Building a Global Human ...

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