Lawyer in the waiting, fighting towards better treatment for prisoners
For more than a decade, millions of people around the world were “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” starring Kim Kardashian. The popular reality show followed Kim and the activities of her daily life and propelled her into superstardom. The reality show also featured her sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie along with their parents Kris and Caitlyn Jenner.
Throughout her years working within the entertainment industry, she was able to leverage her popularity and used her celebrity status to launch a multibillion-dollar business empire called Kim Kardashian West (KKW). The business features multiple clothing, fragrance and lines of beauty products.
For years while appearing on TV and in the beauty industry, it might surprise some people to know that the 41-year-old reality tv star, has been studying to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer.
Her late father Robert George Kardashian was a well-respected lawyer and deeply admired by Kim. She respected the profession but didn’t consider being a lawyer seriously recentl.
Kim has committed to passing the first-year law exam so that she could complete her goal to become a lawyer and open up her own law firm. She plans to take the exam again in 2022. “I just have to do better in the future” Said Kim
Kim continues to fight for human rights and equality for all. She has been working tirelessly as a prison reform advocate for years. She has been very successful in her journey to help commute the sentences of prisoners that have been overlooked by the American prison system.
Such as the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a 64-year-old woman who had a life sentence for a nonviolent drug charge that Kim got commuted. She met with then US President Donald Trump and petitioned for Johnson’s release. After that, Johnson was chosen to model for Kardashian’s underwear line.
Another case Kardashian helped with was that of Momolu Stewart, a 39-year-old man who was given a life sentence for shooting and killing Mark Rosebure in 1999. Stewart was 16 at the time of the incident but was judged as an adult in the trial, which is a common thing that happens in America particularly when it comes to black boys.
He was released after 23 years after serving time and during those years, he earn a GED and college credits through Georgetown University’s Prison Scholars Program, which is how Kardashian was met him.
When she visited the prison to learn about the scholar’s program in 2019, and after a month communicating with him, she wrote a letter to the judge to review his case while highlighting Stewart’s achievements during the time he served which lead to his early release.
Kardashian was also able to get the sentence of Crystal Munoz commuted who served 12 years in prison after she was arrested for conspiring to distribute marijuana. Her case was part of the 90 Days Freedom Campaign that Kardashian funded in response to the “First Step Act” that banned the inhuman treatment of shackling women in prison during childbirth, which lead to Munoz and 16 other women from bee free.
Tynice Hall was another person Kim advocated to be released from prison. She was a 22-year-old woman convicted on drug charges in 2006. She was sentenced to 35 years in jail for knowing the illegal activities conducted by her boyfriend and failed to report him to the authorities. At the time they were together, he had stashed drugs in her home which was discovered during a police investigation.
After Kardashian herd about her story, she successfully advocated for her freedom, she said: “Tynice Hall was sentenced to 35 years in prison for a first time non-violent drug conspiracy. Her boyfriend at the time used her house for his illegal drug activities. She was only 22 years old when she went to prison and left behind a 3-year-old son.”
Kim continues to use her celebrity status and influence towards social issues to bring change especially, in America where the criminal justice system is broken.
A system that works differently for each part of society, a system that supposedly was created to be applied equally to all people. Regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender or race. Yet, somehow it failed on many occasions to fulfil its purpose.