In a Vogue interview that borders on hagiography, Kim Kardashian West divulges that she has lofty legal ambitions… with plans to take the Bar Examine in 2021. And to that end, she has begun a four-year apprenticeship with Maha Amircani Law Firm. Which seems… out of the blue? Maybe? Of course, with Kim, all things are possible.
The purple-prosed article begins with a rather vivid description of her as being…
…moisturized and glistening to a fare-thee-well. After spending time with her over the next few days, I will come to think of Kim Kardashian West as a human spa because she remains calm and amenable even as chaos and disagreement swirl around her. Plus, she smells like your favorite $80 candle and speaks with a voice that is so soothing it’s like listening to water burbling over river rocks. You just feel safe around her, like everything is going to be OK.
“Water burbling over river rocks.” So it’s THAT kind of interview, huh?
My other favorite description is of the house.
Her bedroom is the size of an airplane hangar. The adjoining bathroom offers a shower big enough for a basketball team and a wall of glass that looks out into a kind of junglescape—you half expect an orca to swim up to the glass.
But back to Kim’s decision to rebrand herself as legal force for social justice.
Kim, of course, played a role in the release last summer of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who’d been in an Alabama prison on a nonviolent drug charge since 1996, and whose case Kim had learned about through social media. After President Trump met with her, the CNN commentator and activist Van Jones, and several lawyers, he granted Johnson clemency and then invited her to his State of the Union Address in February. What you probably don’t know is that Kim has been working with Jones and the attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform, for months, visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House. For best criminal defense lawyer, you can visit https://criminaldefenselawyervirginia.com/ site. And last summer, she made the unlikely decision—one she knew would be met with an eye roll for the ages—to begin a four-year law apprenticeship, with the goal of taking the bar in 2022.
“I had to think long and hard about this,” she says, gleefully devouring chile con queso with chips now that her Vogue shoot is over. What inspired her to embark on something so overwhelmingly difficult and time-consuming—even as she also runs a multimillion-dollar beauty enterprise—was the combination of “seeing a really good result” with Alice Marie Johnson and feeling out of her depth. “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” she says, “and 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, shit. I need to know more. 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.”
And then the unexpected happened. “Kim Kardashian,” says Jones, “wound up playing this indispensable role, and a lot of people have gotten furious with me, saying I’m stealing the credit from African American activists who have been working on this issue for decades. And first of all, I’m one of them. But I was in the Oval Office with Kim and Ivanka and Jared and the president, and I watched with my own eyes Trump confess to having tremendous fears of letting somebody out of prison and that person going and doing something terrible, and the impact that that would have on his political prospects. He was visibly nervous about it. And I watched Kim Kardashian unleash the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I’ve ever seen in American politics.”
And the story only gets wilder from there.
But most importantly: Can she do it? Can she just skip law school – college even – and simply take the Bar? Apparently, yes. California is one of just four states that offers another path to passing the bar—what is known as “reading the law,” or apprenticing with a practicing lawyer or judge. And when, sometime this summer, Kim takes what is known as the “baby bar” administered by the state – and passes – she will be given the OK to continue for three more years of study.
So…. Could there be yet another reality show in the way: Kim Kardashian, Public Defender? Time will tell. In the meantime I urge to read the gushing interview here.
(Photo: Vogue magazine)