Breaching the Fourth Wall is both a creative outlet for attorneys and an intellectual home for artists, where law, policy, and the arts converge to advance social justice for all.

Living in the space between the seemingly distinct worlds of law and theatre, #BtFW exists to enhance communication and collaboration between the two communities. By analyzing theatre from a legal and political perspective, we aim to highlight the ways in which both the arts and the law reflect – and ultimately shape – our society.

Now, more than ever, these communities must work together to uplift narratives that can open minds, change perspectives, and bring a human face to complex legal or political challenges.



Kaiya Lyons currently serves as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Seventh Judicial District of Minnesota. She previously served as the Law Fellow to the American Constitution Society. In this role, she provided support to the Department of Policy Development and Programming through researching and writing on substantive legal topics and editing publications on progressive legal issues.

Prior to joining ACS, Kaiya served as the Law Clerk to Institute for Justice Minnesota, where she assisted in impact litigation strategies to protect individual civil liberties. She previously served as the Legislative Intern for the ACLU of Minnesota, Reproductive Health Policy Legal Intern for the National Partnership for Women and Families, and legal intern for the United States Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties.

But Kaiya also lives a double life in the theatre community, as an actress, casual playwright, and house manager to two theaters in the D.C. area. Living in the gray area between policy and performance art, she believes that cultivating a dialogue between these communities is a critical component of the #resistance. By critically analyzing the ways in which law and the arts both exemplify and challenge society, she aims to bring a light to the ways in which these groups can work together to shape a more equitable and inclusive world.

Kaiya graduated from The George Washington University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. In May 2016, she received her juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as the President of the Minnesota Justice Foundation Student Chapter and Lead Managing Editor of Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice. She has been published in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Journal of Gender, Race, and JusticeLaw and Inequality: Sua SponteHelloGiggles; and the ACSblog.

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