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Brown Bag CLE - Diversity and Confirmation Bias

3/3/2020
When: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Where: Lake County Bar Association
300 Grand Ave
Suite C
Waukegan, IL  60085
United States
Contact: Dale Perrin
847-244-3143


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Diversity and Confirmation Bias

 

 

Presented By:

 

 

Linda Rothnagel

 

Prairie State Legal Services

 

 

 

 

The course looks at implicit bias, in particular implicit racial bias and

 

its role in the legal system -- that is, its potential impact on all of the

 

players from client to attorney to witnesses, jurors and judges.

 

The course uses two exercises to help participants consider their

 

own unconscious biases. The course then uses a small group

 

discussion format to engage participants in looking at the pervasive

 

impact bias has across sectors -- education, medicine, employment

 

and criminal justice. The course also includes a brief discussion of

 

confirmation bias and first impression bias, and the ways in which

 

those biases can exacerbate and reinforce the impacts of implicit or

 

unconscious bias, as well as impact attorney/staff hiring processes.

 

Finally, the course introduces some possible approaches to mitigating the

 

impact of bias.

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