Real Rap: Criminal Implications of Lyrical Evidence

April 28, 2023


Location: Virtual
Date: April 28, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
CLE Credit: 1.0 Substantive

While the lyrics of a song can transport you to a moment in time, they can also take you to the courtroom. Recent cases have used lyrics, particularly from the hip-hop and rap genres, as evidence in trials against artists, such as Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ("RICO") Act case against Jeffrey Williams, also known as Young Thug.

Join the Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society as we explore how the use of lyrics at trial affects creativity in music, First Amendment rights and the changing laws of evidence admission.


Prietta Booker, Director, 300 Elektra Entertainment
Brianna Shaw, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Offices of M.J. Snyder
Professor Todd J. Clark, St. Thomas University, Benjamin L. Crump College of Law

We look forward to seeing you!