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UGA alumna and civil rights advocate to discuss ‘stand your ground’ laws

The Institute for African American Studies will host the lecture, “I Am Trayvon Martin: Hoodies Up—How One Case Changed a Nation and Ignited the World,” by Jasmine Rand, UGA alumna and civil rights advocate. Open free to the public, the lecture will be held Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Chapel.

Founder of Rand Law LLC and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, Rand is a practicing attorney and legal analyst known for her representation of the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

A 2015 Scholar in Residence at Harvard Law School, Rand has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University on “stand your ground” laws. A 2004 UGA graduate with dual degrees in African-American studies and political science, Rand currently is involved in police brutality cases throughout the nation.

While “I Am Trayvon Martin” became a plea for social justice in the aftermath of the young man’s murder in Florida in 2012, Rand’s lecture will frame the battle cry in terms beyond race.