Bob Dylan, Foreward


Taken together, the articles in this Symposium Issue provide a journey through both Bob Dylan’s career and the American legal landscape. Befitting a legal prophet, Dylan is often critical, skeptical, and cynical, at times uncompromising in his portrayal of the failures of American law and society. The presentations at the Dylan and the Law Symposium reflected, in part, the disappointment and frustration expressed in Dylan’s words and music. Yet, the speakers at the Symposium echoed another side of Bob Dylan’s work: a refusal to surrender or despair in the face of disheartening reality. Instead, drawing upon Dylan’s prophetic dreams and visions of American law and society, the Symposium produced among the participants a shared sense of advocacy, a desire and hope for a better future—ultimately, perhaps, even a sense of redemption.

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