Kim Kardashian West’s Dad Told Her Not To Pursue Criminal Justice–’You Do Not Really Want To Take This On’
Kim Kardahsian West has been interested in criminal justice for a long time.
The first case that got her interested to the point of getting involved was that of Alice Marie Johnson‘s, a first-time, nonviolent drug offender who was spending her life in prison.
The entrepreneur and reality star spoke to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner for several months about a pardon for Johnson. Eventually, she met with President Donald Trump at the White House about Johnson. On June 6, 2018, the White House made a statement that announced that Johnson’s life sentence had been reduced. Today, Johnson and Kardashian West are still close.
Kim Kardashian West tells Kris Jenner that her dad warned her against pursuing a career in criminal justice
But even before then, Kardashian West had an interest in criminal justice. In a May 2019 episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kardashian West was shown speaking to her mom, Kris Jenner, about her goals and, particularly, her process for choosing people to help.
“If I see something that I feel like has a real shot and just like moves me, then I’ll send it to my attorneys who look over everything just to make sure it’s legitimate,” she said.
She also told her mother that her dad, O. J. Simpson’s friend and defense attorney Robert Kardashian, had once warned her about getting involved in criminal justice. But the piece of advice hasn’s seemed to deter her.
“I told my dad years ago that I was really into criminal justice and he was like ‘This will stress you out so much, you do not really want to take this on,’” she said. “I think now having gotten so deep in helping Alice, I’m really motivated to get to know the law more and fight for people who deserve a second chance like her.”
Kardashian West is all-in for criminal justice at this point. She didn’t finish college, so she’s taking a non-traditional route to becoming a lawyer. She told Vogue that she’s going to do a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco and that her plan is to take the bar in 2022.
Kim Kardashian West’s fans and haters as she prepares to take the bar
Unsurprisingly, Kardashian West was met with a ton of hate and naysaying when she announced her goal to become a lawyer–there are a lot of Kardashian haters in the world.
She responded to the initial negative response she received with a lengthy tweet and Instagram post.
“One person actually said I should ‘stay in my lane.’ I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am,” she wrote.
But Kardahsian West has also received a ton of support as she pursues her goal of becoming a lawyer.
She certainly has a fan in CNN’s Van Jones. Kardashian West and the host of The Redemption Project with Van Jones met at the White House in 2018 when they were working together on criminal justice reform.
“She takes these cases seriously. It’s embarrassing to go into a meeting with Kim Kardashian, you’re the attorney and she’s not and she knows more than you by far, and that happens all the time,” Jones, who graduated from Yale Law School and now is a non-practicing attorney, told Extra.
“[Kim] is so prepared, she is so passionate, she reads the letters that she gets, and is always trying to figure out how to be helpful,” he continued. “People forget she is the daughter of a very accomplished lawyer.”