The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host an assembly in observance of Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17. The free, public event will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard fine arts building. A lecture will be given by André Douglas Pond Cummings, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) William H. Bowen School of Law on the topic, “Hip-Hop and the Constitution.”
Cummings joined the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law faculty in 2018, teaching Business Organizations, Contracts I and II, Corporate Justice, Entertainment Law, and Hip Hop & the American Constitution. Prior to arriving at Bowen, Professor Cummings was a Visiting Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. He has served as Interim Dean, Vice Dean and founding Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Indiana Tech Law School and was Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before embarking on his academic career, Cummings worked as a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Joseph W. Hatchett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court.
In addition, he worked at the Chicago, IL-based law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing his practice on complex business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and securities offerings of publicly traded corporations. Simultaneously, Cummings represented clients in the sports and entertainment industries, including athletes in the National Football League, record labels, motion picture production companies, and a variety of authors, including Hollywood screenwriters.
Cummings writes extensively on issues regarding investor protection, racial and social justice, and sports and entertainment law, publishing in the Washington University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Utah Law Review, Howard Law Journal, Drexel Law Review, Marquette Sports Law Review, Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Thurgood Marshall Law Review and Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, amongst many others. cummings has published three books including “Corporate Justice” (with Todd Clark) in 2016, “Hip Hop and the Law” (with Pamela Bridgewater and Donald Tibbs) in 2015, and “Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law” (with Anne Marie Lofaso) in 2010. Noted public intellectual Cornel West has stated that Cummings’ scholarly “reputation goes far beyond . . . the nation, and is heard in every corner of the globe, wrestling with legacies of legal thinking on one hand and popular culture on the other.”
Cummings has been recognized as Professor of the Year on numerous occasions including the University-wide Distinguished Professor Award by the West Virginia University Foundation. cummings has taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law (Tokyo Campus) and has taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, Philander Smith College, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Direito Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Universidade de Vila Velha in Vila Velha, Brazil, and Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico. Cummings holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law where he graduated cum laude.
For more information about the event, call (870) 575-8470.