Trayvon Martin Family Attorney Jasmine Rand to Speak at Mercer


MACON – Mercer University will welcome Jasmine Rand, attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, to speak about her experiences with the Martin case as well as her career as a professor, national legal analyst, international legal consultant, lecturer, columnist and civil rights leader.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place on March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Medical School Auditorium on the Macon campus. Sponsors include the National Society of Leadership and Success, QuadWorks, the Office of Campus Life and Student Involvement, Student Support Services, Pre-Law Society, and Residence Life B.E.A.R. Committee.

“We are excited to bring Jasmine to campus and to be able to partner with different groups on campus for this event,” said Nikki Gupton, graduate assistant for leadership development in the Office of Campus Life. “I hope that students will learn from Jasmine's experiences, as well as learn how to make positive social change in their communities.”

The founding attorney of Rand Law LLC, a Miami-based civil litigation firm, Rand focuses her practice on civil and human rights, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, and is currently involved in police brutality cases throughout the U.S.

She has been recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the Nation's Best Advocates Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 and by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with its national Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award.

Rand has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Fox, as well as networks in Jamaica, Colombia and Japan. An active law professor, she has performed legal analyst work throughout the world. Recently, she has guest lectured at Harvard on stand-your-ground laws, and on other topics at universities in Rabat, Morocco, and Kingston, Jamaica.

In January 2014, she traveled to the Kingdom of Morocco to assist the king and Supreme Court justices in implementing international human rights standards throughout its judicial system.

Rand has developed curriculum on the Martin case and most recently taught a course at the University of Miami School of Law during the fall 2014 semester. The course included innovative topics, such as music as an instrument of social change with an emphasis on Bob Marley's influence on human rights leaders.


Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.