December 07, 2020 State & Local Government Law

2021 Midyear Meeting

Implicit & explicit bias can play out in courtrooms across the country

Implicit & explicit bias can play out in courtrooms across the country

* Registration for the live session is complimentary, however CLE credit is not available. An on-demand version of the program will be made available for purchase approximately two weeks after the event. Only the on-demand program will offer CLE credit. On-demand registrants must view the recording in its entirety and meet MCLE verification requirements to qualify for credit.

ABA Midyear Meeting: Wednesday, February 17 - Monday, February 22, 2021

Thursday, February 18

11am – Noon ET
The Pain and Power of Judging*

An inside glimpse of bias as seen through the eyes of three judges who have been subjected to and confronted implicit & explicit bias. Their backgrounds and stories are diverse, but their message about the critical importance of naming and mitigating bias strong and clear. Attendees can expect to learn from the perspective and experience of others and leave with inspiration for approaches they can carry forward to their own jurisdictions.
Moderator
 Sarah Redfield, Professor, York, ME
Panel
• Honorable Robert B. Foster, Massachusetts Land Court, Boston, MA
• Honorable Steven González, Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia, WA
• Honorable Tracie A. Todd, 10th Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
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1 – 2pm ET
Peeking Behind the Blindfold: How Implicit Racial Bias Gives Courts a Black Eye*

"Justice is Blind" is a centuries old maxim that lawyers and non-lawyers alike know well. And despite its venerable place in the legal profession, the profession is coming to grips with the fact that implicit biases actually permeate the judicial system. The permeation, not uncommonly, also warps one’s thinking. This session will take a peek at how and where implicit biases in the courts manifest, and what can be done to interrupt resulting harmful decision making.
Moderator
 Kimberly Jade Norwood, Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
Panel
• Honorable Edwina Richardson-MendelsonDeputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, New York State Unified Court System, NY
• Honorable Michael B. HymanAppellate Judge – First District, Chicago, IL
 Robert Chang, Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA
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3 – 4pm ET
Creating Local Change: Racial Equity & Social Justice*

Experiences of various local governments in addressing racial equity and social justice issues will be explored. In particular, we will discuss Montgomery County, Maryland's Racial Equity and Social Justice Act and Dallas, Texas's efforts at using data to drive decision making, among others. Development, implementation, impacts, and the future of racial equity municipal legislation will also be discussed.
Moderators
• Christopher Steven Jennison, Silver Spring, MD
• Chhunny Chhean, Director, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX
Panel
• Nancy Navarro, Council Member, Montgomery County, MD
• Liz Cedillo-PerreriaChief of Equity & Inclusion, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX
• Susan T. Gooden, Ph. D.Dean & Professor — L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
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* Registration for the live session is complimentary, however CLE credit is not available. An on-demand version of the program will be made available for purchase approximately two weeks after the event. Only the on-demand program will offer CLE credit. On-demand registrants must view the recording in its entirety and meet MCLE verification requirements to qualify for credit.