Kim Kardashian West to receive prestigious legal award, and she isn't even a lawyer yet
According to reports, the reality TV star will be receiving the Women Leadership in Law Award at a conference Beverly Hills in May, along with her lawyer Shawn Holley.
Kim Kardashian West is set to be honoured with a prestigious legal award for her prison reform work.
According to TMZ reports, the reality TV star will be receiving the Women Leadership in Law Award at a conference Beverly Hills in May, along with her lawyer Shawn Holley. The conference is sponsored by The California Lawyer and the Daily Journal.
The accolade comes after the pair successfully petitioned US President Donald Trump to commute the life sentence of non-violent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson, which led to the First Step Act being passed.
The 38-year-old and her attorney were sent letters praising them for their “life-changing” work. "You both are truly inspirational, and your work has been life-changing," one of the officers from the organization wrote them in delivering the news.
Last year, Kardashian West and Holley worked to free Johnson, a great-grandmother who was incarcerated in October 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense after she helped facilitate communications in a drug trafficking case. On May 30, Kardashian West met with President Trump at the White House to discuss Johnson's case.
According to MSN.com, Kardashian West had this to say in recollection of her Trump meeting: "I'm sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, s---. I need to know more."
She continued: "I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair. But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It's never one person who gets things done; it's always a collective of people, and I've always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more."
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star told Vogue magazine last week that she's actively studying to become a lawyer and plans to take the bar exam in 2022. She has already been offered a law job with OJ Simpson’s attorney Robert Shapiro.
Shapiro, like Kim’s late father Robert Kardashian Snr, was a part of OJ Simpson’s famous legal team during his 1995 murder trial.
OJ was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman.
Kim didn’t finish university but she’s found a way to fulfill her legal ambitions by taking up an apprenticeship at a law firm, which the state of California allows.