The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice is presenting “Addressing Implicit Bias,” an MCLE program with Professor Victoria Plaut, Professor of Law and Social Science; Director, Culture, Diversity & Intergroup Relations Lab at UC Berkeley School of Law. EJS has been so fortunate to have worked with Prof. Plaut on a number of projects, including an amicus brief on behalf of 13 of the nation’s leading social scientists in the case of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.
Addressing Implicit Bias
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
295-Boalt Hall (Warren Room)
A great deal of information processing happens outside of conscious awareness. With this as a guiding principle, research on implicit bias automatic and/or unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that can guide our perception of and behavior toward social groups has become one of the fastest growing areas of law and psychology. In this session, participants will learn what implicit bias is, how it works, and its relevance to legal settings. Participants will also examine the conditions under which implicit bias is more like to occur and empirically based suggestions for curbing its influence. In addition, participants will be exposed to another side of implicit bias – how people who are often the targets of bias respond in environments in which they feel stereotyped. The session will be both interactive and lecture-based and will provide tools for thinking critically about workplace and attorney-client interactions, as well as courtroom settings. The following MCLE Credits will be available for this program: 2 Credits: Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession.