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Andrea L. Dennis holds the John Byrd Martin Chair of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law where she teaches criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, family law, and juvenile law. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park and NYU Law. Previously, she served as an assistant federal public defender in the District of Maryland. Her scholarship explores criminal and juvenile defense lawyering, race and criminal justice, and the impact of criminal justice on the lives of families, children, and youth. Practitioners, courts, and media nationwide have cited her seminal legal article on the use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence. She has served as a trainer and consultant regarding rap lyrics and social media as trial evidence.

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Erik Nielson is Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses on African American literature and hip hop culture. He received his M.A. in English from University College London and his Ph.D., also in English, from the University of Sheffield. He has lectured on African American literature and hip hop culture at major conferences in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, and he has published articles in several peer reviewed journals, including African American Review, MELUS, Race and Justice, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Journal of Popular Music Studies. He also writes regularly for popular outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic and is routinely interviewed by a wide range of national media organizations. He is co-editor of The Hip Hop & Obama Reader (Oxford, 2015). He has been the lead author of multiple briefs on rap music that were submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has worked as an expert or consultant on roughly 50 criminal cases involving rap music as evidence.