Roots and Reality II: Hip Hop, Law and Social Justice Organizing

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
9:30 AM - 06:30 PM
American University Washington College of Law, Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


“‘All of the Lights’: Life and Law in the DMV” FLIER

Hip Hop’s influence on culture and law is undeniable.  For well over forty years, hip hop has informed and been informed by laws and policies affecting its artists, consumers and constituents.  In recent years, hip hop has taken front stage as an organizing tool – from the Fugees’ hit, Ready or Not and’s remix of a campaign speech by President Barak Obama to issues related to Hurricane Katrina, Jena 6 and the youth led uprisings around the world - organizers are either closely connected to or identify as members of the hip hop nation.  This symposium will explore the experiences and issues at the intersection of law, organizing, social justice, identity, legal theory, and hip hop music and culture.  The symposium and related activities are a part of the Roots and Reality SJP (Social Justice Project) is a  collective of activists, lawyers, artists, law professors, law students, policy makers from the public and private sectors, advocates and scholars committed to exploring the relationship between public interest law, public interest lawyers and “the public” they serve.


Presented by: American Constitution Society WCL Chapter, Students United, National Lawyers' Guild WCL Chapter, Criminal Law Society &  HBO’s Division of Corporate Social Responsibility

Co-sponsors: The Modern American, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, Journal on Gender, Social Policy, and the Law, Lambda Law Society, & DC National Lawyers' Guild and American Constitution Society National Chapter

WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – no charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)

3 credit hours will be applied for as requested to different states.
CLE Accreditation - - $ 55.00


For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or


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