Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice

Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice
February 13, 2009 - Boston, MA (ABA Midyear Meeting)

Featuring Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Date: Friday, February 13, 2009
Location: Room 312, Level 3, Hynes Convention Center; 900 Boylston Street; Boston, MA
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Prejudiced? Of course, we all are. Though we may believe that our own views are not affected by stereotypes or bias, the reality is surprisingly different.

This highly participatory discussion will be led by the renowned Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, who will educate us on the effects of implicit and unconscious biases on all members of the legal profession. These subtle biases influence how we perceive our clients and witnesses, interact with other attorneys and judges and attempt to persuade juries. On a day to day basis, they even affect how we make decisions on hiring, work distribution, evaluations, promotions and layoffs.

Professor Banaji conducted groundbreaking research on mental processes that operate without our awareness, intention or control. Biases can actually be measured, as Professor Banaji co-developed the Implicit Association Test nearly a decade ago. This highly regarded test, as well as physiologic measures, can help us to understand how we view each other.

CLE credit has been requested. (Note: New York has declined to grant CLE credit for this program.)

About the Speaker

Read the bio of Professor Mahzarin Banaji

The Implicit Prejudice, by Sally Lehrman ( Scientific American, May 2006)

Project Implicit Web Site

See No Bias, by Shankar Vedantam ( Washington Post, January 23, 2005)

Connecticut Q&A: Mahzarin Banaji; Psychologist Charts Hidden Attitudes ( New York Times, April 1, 1990)

Registration & Cost

ABA members - $25
Nonmembers - $35
Law students (with student ID) - $15


If you have any questions, please contact the Commission at abacwp1@abanet.org or 312-988-5715.


ABA Co-sponsors: Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity; Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs; Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law; Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Forum on Communications Law; General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; Government & Public Sector Lawyers Division; Health Law Section; Law Practice Management Section; Section of Family Law; Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities; Section of Intellectual Property Law; Section of International Law; Section of Litigation; Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law; Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; and Young Lawyers Division

Other Co-sponsors: National Association of Women Judges, National Association of Women Lawyers, and National Conference of Women's Bar Associations