Elimination of Bias

Participants:   Anyone in or graduated from law school

Past Offerings:  SNR Denton, Mountain View, California, 2011 and Bend, Oregon in 2017.  Similar principles have been included in my work on a Latinos in the Legal System workshop in NC in 1999; the International Symposium on No Borders, No Barriers: Collaborative Practice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual/Transgender Clients & Their Families, which I facilitated in 2006, on many panels addressing the issues of diversity, and my Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

Time:   1 hour

Content:  This is a course that introduces the topic of cognitive bias and shows how it is relevant to law practice.  We explore

  1. What is bias and where does it come from?
  2. The most common biases
  3. Presence of bias in the legal system
  4. How to address and overcome bias.

[According to Wikipedia, a cognitive bias is a pattern of deviation in judgment, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion. Individuals create their own “subjective social reality” from  their perception of the input.]