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Tomorrow: Go and Do Book Release Event at Pepperdine

Go and Do was released last week and, on day 1, we sold out Amazon!  Thank you to all who purchased it!  It should also be on the shelves at Barnes & Noble this week.

As with all books, you have a launch party–and tomorrow is the launch event at Pepperdine.  If you’re in the area, you are more than welcome to join us on Tuesday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the School of Law Appellate Courtroom.  (If you’re in Minnesota, stay tuned for some events we are planning in May.)

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This is not just to launch a book, it’s also a celebration of 5 years of the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine Law!  We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time, so we will recognize those who piloted original programs in Uganda, Thailand, and beyond, as well as commission those leaving in the next few weeks.

Oh, and did I mention we will be serving Howdy’s — good finals break!!

Hope to see you there!

Here’s the official invitation:

Go and Do: Celebrating Five years of Global Justice at Pepperdine

Please join us to celebrate the global efforts of Pepperdine’s students and the release of Jay Milbrandt’s new book, Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time. 12:30pm in the Appellate Courtroom- Howdy’s for the first 50 people!

Several former and current students will share their experiences seeking justice around the world. We’ll also recognize those who have participated in past years and who will serve this summer. Jay will share some reflections from Go and Do, which features the work of Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program.  Learn more about the book at http://JayMilbrandt.com/GoAndDo.  The book is currently back ordered on Amazon, but copies will be available for purchase at the event. Jay will sign copies at 1:30pm.


Book Release Events in Minnesota Next Week

Lisa and I are heading back to Minnesota and South Dakota this week for events related to the release of Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time.


On Monday morning, I will be speaking in chapel at Bethel University in St. Paul (my alma mater).  In the afternoon, I am speaking at a program at Bethel geared toward philosophy majors on the top of “Justice, Law, and Philosophy.”

On Tuesday, we are hosting a book release event at the Historic Dayton House in Worthington, MN, from 7-9 p.m.  Anyone is welcome.

If you are in Minnesota, it would be great to see you!


Kony 2012 and the Fallacy of Slacktivism – My Guestpost on Opinio Juris

I was asked to contribute to a roundtable discussion on Opinio Juris, a premier international law blog, about the future of international law given the effect of social media.


If you followed Kony 2012, you know that the implications of the social media craze run deep.  As Opinio Juris put it: “Kony 2012 was a YouTube sensation, spreading faster than any video in history. Although the details are airbrushed, the central theme of the video is about international law. The key idea of the video is that the indicted fugitive Joseph Kony should be brought to justice before the International Criminal Court to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

In “The Fallacy of Slacktivism: Konly 2012 and Disruptive Activism,” I argue that “slacktivism” is merely a termed coined by those afraid of how the Internet has disrupted traditional activism.  We need to eliminate the word from our vocabulary.

If you’re interested or have a view on the matter, I encourage you to join the roundtable discussion on Opinio Juris over the next few days and respond to the Article.


My Favorite Photos from 2012 Thailand Trip

These photos were taken on the Pepperdine University School of Law Spring Break Service trip to Northern Thailand.  We spent 10 days along the Thai-Burma border visiting refugee camps and working with various humanitarian organizations.  Read my story on the experience of staying the night in Mae La Refugee Camp.


Visiting the buddhist temple at Doi Suthep.


Refugee Camp Fence Crossing

Crossing the barbwire boundary into Mae La Refugee Camp.


Receiving a tour of Mae La Refugee Camp.


Mae La Houses

Mae La is nearly identical to a Karen village in the jungle.



Listening to harmonies of Care Villa–a home for amputees of landmine injuries.



Negeen and Amy making two new friends.


Steps to the Prayer House

Steps up to the Prayer House overlooking Mae La Refugee Camp.


Girl with Beads

I see you too.



Grant bellowing out Battle Hymn of the Republic at devotional service in Mae La.



Riding elephants.


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“The Way of the Cross: Helped” – Guest Post for Chaplain Dave Lemley

Pepperdine Chaplain Dave Lemley is posting regular reflections on “The Way of the Cross” as we prepare for Easter.  Dave is a thoughtful and frequent blogger who graciously invited me along, with several other “Pepperdine people,” to contribute to this series.  I was invited to write about Mark 15:21 where Simon from Cyrene bears Jesus’ cross.

If you’re interested in reading the reflection, you can find it on Dave’s Blog.  Here’s the first paragraph to get you started:

A few years ago, I worked on an anti–human-trafficking project in Southeast Asia along with a young American woman. Like me, she had lived in relative comfort and neither of us had experienced much pain in our lives—certainly not in comparison to the trafficking victims in our care. This young woman sought out a cause that was not her own, victims she did not know, and a place with which she was unfamiliar because she believed that the lack of pain in her own life gave her the capacity to take on the pain of others. She felt that she had unused strength and she could yoke up with these victims to bear part of their burden.



A Quick Trip to Korea and On to Thailand

It’s been a very busy few days and I’m finally sitting down to write something. Last Friday night, Lisa and I drove out to Palm Springs, California. We stayed in a cheap hotel (the cheapest we could find) and woke up after only a few hours to compete in the Desert International Triathlon. It was the first race of the season and I set new personal bests on the swim, bike, AND run. Lisa also got third place in her division. Not a bad morning. We drove back to Calabasas so I could pack quickly in order to board a plane bound for Korea that evening.

The next morning, I woke up to our wheels touching down at Incheon International Airport outside Seoul, Korea. We were immediately wisked away by our friend Paul Shin of Handong International Law School. He arranged meetings with lawyers and professors in town. One meeting was with the Christian Legal Fellowship in Korea (pictured above). Bob and I both spoke briefly at the meeting.

That afternoon, we took the bullet train for two hours, then a cab for an hour, and finally arrived in Pohang. A large city, which many Koreans think of as a fishing village. Handong is located out in Pohang far on Korea’s east coast. We had a traditional Korean diner with Dean Eric Enlow.

The next morning, we rose to get ready for Bob’s talk to the law student body. It was the commencing of a new academic year at the law school, so there was some pomp and circumstance. We got to wear academic robes and parade in. Bob got a rock star introduction, and spoke about Jesus and the Law.

The talk was followed by a lunch, then a hike in the woods surrounding the Handong campus. I had to hurry back to prepare for my talk on the “duty of Christian universities to solve complex global problems.” About 150 students and faculty showed up–it was well-recieved with lots of questions.

The following morning, we drove north into the mountains to visit a historical Buddhist temple, then caught our train back to Seoul for the flight to Chiang Mai.

Overall, Handong was a wonderful school to visit. The school is doing great things and the law program has a unique model. I hope to talk more about this in a later post, but I’m exhausted tonight. We had an incredibly good and busy day in Chiang Mai, Thailand (day 1 here).

More to come soon!


Announcing my upcoming book: “Go and Do”

I am thrilled to share that I have a new book coming out this spring: Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time will be published in May by Tyndale House Publishers.  Inspired by all we’ve learned through the Global Justice Program, Go and Do has been a 2 1/2 year journey that is finally coming to fruition.


Go and Do is a dare.  It’s a dare to go out into the world, witness the raw edges of humanity and respond to what you see.  We stand on the edge of a great mutual exchange where our desire for purpose matches someone else’s need for survival.  Maybe this book will find you in the same place this message found me a few years ago–wondering what I was doing here and what my purpose was.  Or maybe you’ve taken this leap of faith and you know someone who needs a change in their life as well.  I hope you’ll join me in this journey.


Learn more about the book on the Go and Do website.


Watch the Book Trailer:


Pre-Order the Book Now

Go and Do will be available on May 1—pre-order the book now from these online stores or a bookstore near you.


From the Back of the Book:

“What am I doing here?”

Ever find yourself asking that question?  Of course you do – we all do.

Well have I got a challenge for you – one that might just change your life!

I dare you to go out into the world, witness the raw edges of humanity and then do something about what you see.

I dare you to “go and do.”

As Christians, every day we are called to take a step of faith for Christ, to change our world and in doing so, to change ourselves.

Go and Do is an invitation to join in the adventure of God’s story and understand the part we are each meant to play. As we step out on this journey, we discover an incredible truth: Our need for purpose matches someone else’s need for survival.  And there is nothing more fulfilling than that.

I dare you to join us.

–Jay Milbrandt


How You Can Help:

  1. Naturally, I would be deeply honored if anyone I know orders the book.  It’s already available for pre-order.  True to the theme of the book, I will be giving away personal proceeds (if any!) from the book to various global justice projects featured in the stories I share.  We are currently making some strategic plans for this, which you’ll hear more about these in the upcoming months.
  2. I would love to have your help in spreading the word.  Go and Do is a great message for our time–a message that I believe desperately needs to be shared–and word-of-mouth is the best tool.
  3. Check back often for updates.  I will writing regularly as we approach the release of the book.  I’ll be organizing various events related to its release, so stay tuned!  And, if you have suggestions, I am willing to be available anytime, anywhere to promote it.
  4. Follow along on the blog over the next two weeks as I travel back to the Thai-Burma border with students from Pepperdine.  You’ll get a flavor for what “go and do” truly means.

Lifetimes of Work: A Reflection on the Ceasefire in Burma

A few years ago, I met an extraordinary woman named Louisa.  A colleague at Pepperdine told me that her next door neighbor growing up was somehow involved in Burma.  She wrote Louisa’s contact information on a note card.  I set the note card on my computer monitor stand and called.  She was thrilled that a university took interest.


Louisa lived a life worthy of biographies.  A Burmese movie star, she was crowned Miss Burma in 1956 and 1958.  Following the military coup of the early 1960s, she married a pro-democracy rebel army commander.  After her husband, the rebel commander, was assassinated, Louisa took over leadership of his brigade and led them back into the revolution.  She fought in Burma jungles until she moved to the United States as a refugee.  In the U.S., she was a significant figure in a landmark alien tort statute claim again Unocal and remained active in Burmese pro-democracy movements.

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Ken Starr on the Global Justice Leadership Series [VIDEO]

In the third episode the Global Justice Leadership Series, I interview former Solicitor General, Federal Judge, and Pepperdine Law dean, Kenneth W. Starr.  Judge Starr is currently the president of Baylor University.


During his tenure as dean, Judge Starr and I shared experiences traveling through Uganda and Rwanda.  In this interview, we talk about the rule of law, the importance of transparency–including Judge Starr’s recent New York Times op-ed article about opening up the U.S. Supreme Court to cameras–and Baylor.


What is Global Justice?

As many may know, I direct the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine University School of Law.  I often get asked what we do, so I wanted to take time to answer “What is global justice?”

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What is Justice?

As a lawyer, I love the word “justice”–it’s what we’re supposed to be about.  But justice is much bigger than law or lawyers, and sometimes both get in the way.

Justice is concerned with fairness and restoration.  Justice is restoring the world or a situation to how it ought to be.  Justice is the pursuit of making things whole.

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