Kean Research Days 2015



Keynote Speaker


Tuesday, April 28


10:00 am STEM Lecture Hall

I Am Trayvon Martin: Hoodies Up
How One Case Changed a Nation & Ignited the World


Guest Lecturer: Jasmine Rand, Esquire
Founder of RAND LAW, L.L.C. & Represented the Trayvon Martin Family

“I Am Trayvon Martin” became the battle cry for a whole new generation seeking social justice. However, this new call to arms is not just about race. Anyone can be a target to dangers, tragedies and abuse of basic human rights. As the attorney on the forefront of this widely-followed case, Rand will share her legal experience, use of the media to further a social justice cause, and her experience as a professor that encouraged her students to work side by side on her case and launch what became an international movement. Rand’s students under her tutelage coined the phrase, “I Am Trayvon Martin.” From her students lips to President Obama’s ears, upon the announcement of the not guilty verdict, the President of the United States stood by the family and said, “I too am Trayvon.”

Jasmine Rand is a champion for civil and human rights – the National Bar Association recognized Rand one of the Nation’s Best Advocates Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in the United States. Jasmine Rand is a professor, national legal analyst, international legal consultant, lecturer, columnist and civil rights leader. She is also the founding attorney of RAND LAW, L.L.C., a Miami-based civil litigation firm. She is currently involved in police brutality cases throughout the nation from the LAPD to the NYPD. In addition to networks such as, CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Fox, Rand also appears on numerous international networks in Jamaica, Colombia and Japan.

Rand is an active law professor and has performed legal analyst work throughout the world. Most recently, Rand guest lectured at Harvard Law on Stand Your Ground laws, at University Mohammed V law school in Rabat, Morocco, and the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. In January 2014, Rand traveled to the Kingdom of Morocco to assist the King and Supreme Court Justices on implementing international human rights standards throughout its judicial system. Most recently, Rand developed curriculum on the Trayvon Martin case and taught a course at the University of Miami School of Law, which included innovative topics such as music as an instrument of social change with an emphasis of Bob Marley’s influence on human rights leaders.

Among other accomplishments, Rand was the National Chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force of the National Bar Association; worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center on Immigrant Justice Project and human trafficking issues; and, recently accepted a position as visiting lecturer on Human Rights at Harvard.

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