Rap on Trial

The Sound Justice Lab Conference
Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:30 AM to Friday, October 28, 2022 8:30 PM
Harrison Small Special Collections Library

Thursday October 27 - Friday October 28th
Harrison Small Auditorium, Caplin Pavilion (UVA School of Law), and
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Rap on Trial is a two-day conference on the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. The conference will involve artists, lawyers, and academics, responding to research and advocacy by Andrea Dennis, University of Georgia School of Law and Erik Nielson, University of Richmond.

Dennis and Nielson are co-authors of the groundbreaking book, Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America (2019: The New Press). Events will include a book panel discussion, a creative writing workshop, performances, and a legal practitioners’ panel.

For a full schedule of events, visit: 


Register for the Thursday panels at Harrison Small Auditorium and the Caplin Pavilion (UVA Law)


Register for the Friday showcase with performances by Waterloo Hampton, Bakari Kennedy, Lady Taij, & others

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