Implicit Bias

Understanding Implicit Bias: An Attainable Goal

INTRODUCTION

Understanding Implicit Bias: An Attainable Goal

Despite our discomfort, it is more important than ever that the judicial community continually self-educate and self-examine about all forms of bias.

I met with Judge Cordell just days before she retired— again. She had just completed a five-year term as the independent police auditor for the City of San Jose. Judge Cordell was the first female African-American judge in Northern California, and her career reflects a lifelong commitment to justice in all forms.

While our Code of Judicial Conduct cannot possibly prohibit the manifestation of implicit bias, each judge can live his or her own version of Model Code of Judicial Conduct Rule 2.3 (B) in careful awareness and contemplation of the assumptions we all carry with us.

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