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Human rights lawyer to visit Marquette

A lawyer known for litigating human-rights cases in Afghanistan will be a guest at an event held next month at Marquette University Law School.

Kimberley Motley, a 2003 graduate of Marquette Law School, will be featured at an “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” event held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 6 at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

Motley worked for five years in the Milwaukee public defender’s office before going to Afghanistan to join a legal-education program run by the U.S. State Department, according a news release. After the program ended, Motley stayed and became the only foreigner to litigate in the country’s criminal courts. She has been involved in human-rights cases following the fall of the Taliban.

Motley founded Motley Legal Services and helped found Motley Consulting International. She now spends most of her time in Afghanistan.

She is the subject of a recent Danish documentary, “Motley’s Law,” which is being shown at the Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs until Oct. 6. The documentary will play at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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