Look in the Mirror: Recognizing and Addressing our Implic...
Look in the Mirror: Recognizing and Addressing our Implicit Biases This program is intended to provide a framework for an informed discussion on the issue of implicit or unconscious bias. The objectives are to raise awareness about how each of us can act in ways that are inconsistent with our conscious values, to explore why and how that happens, and what we can do to address it. The presentation responds to the recognition that outcomes in our legal system, and the actions of our bench and bar, reflect the pernicious effects of implicit bias. A new California law imposed a requirement on the State Bar and Judicial Council for implicit bias training for lawyers and judges. The entertaining two-act skit put the audience in the middle of a State Bar subcommittee Zoom meeting that is considering how to implement this new requirement. The skits closed on a musical note, with a nod to Michael Jackson, by encouraging all of us to take responsibility for our actions by taking a look at the man, or person, in the mirror. After each act the presentation broke for moderation and the discussion of best practices.

Presented By: The Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court (30048)

Presented: January, 2021

Topic Areas: Ethics, Bias in the Legal Profession, DEI

Materials: Script, Articles, Citations of Law, List of Questions, Handouts, and Video

CLE Approval: Approved

State: California

Hours: 1.25

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