André Douglas Pond Cummings, associate professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, will serve as the featured speaker for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s celebration of Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Cummings will hold a lecture on “Hip-Hop and the Constitution” during the free, public event that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard fine arts building
Cummings joined the William H. Bowen School of Law faculty in 2018, teaching Business Organizations, Contracts I and II, Corporate Justice, Entertainment Law, and Hip Hop and the American Constitution. Prior to arriving at Bowen, 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 Hatchett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for Justice Christine Durham of the Utah Supreme Court.
In addition, he worked at the Chicago-based law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, 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. He has been published 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.
For more information about the event, call 870-575-8470.