EJS to Present at ‘Implicit Bias Across the Law’ Book Conference at Harvard Law School on June 14

EJS President Eva Paterson will join many of the country’s leading minds on implicit bias theory at the “Implicit Bias and the Law” book conference on June 14 at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the founding board chair of EJS, established the Institute in 2005 to honor and continue the work of one of the great civil rights lawyers of the twentieth century.

Preview the conference agenda

Eric Yamamoto, also a founding board member of EJS, and Susan Serrano, EJS’s founding research director, are also scheduled to speak at the conference. Eric is the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice at the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law. Susan is the Director of Educational Development, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law at the same law school.

“Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law” – edited by Justin D. Levinson, University of Hawaii School of Law, and Robert J. Smith, University of North Carolina School of Law – is a book for anyone who wonders why race still matters and is interested in what emerging social science can contribute to the discussion.

Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This conference considers what emerging social science can contribute to the discussion of race in American law, policy, and society.

The conference will explore how scientific evidence on the human mind might help to explain why racial equality is so elusive. This new evidence reveals how human mental machinery can be skewed by lurking stereotypes, often bending to accommodate hidden biases reinforced by years of social learning.

Through the lens of these powerful and pervasive implicit racial attitudes and stereotypes, the conference, designed to coincide with the launch of the book “Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law”, examines both the continued subordination of historically disadvantaged groups and the legal system’s complicity in the subordination.

EJS is also co-sponsoring the post-conference cocktail reception.

For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

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