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Eliminating Bias: Let's Start By Looking in the Mirror

Judges from the Access and Fairness Committee of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in collaboration with attorneys from the Access to Justice  Committee and Litigation  Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association present a 3-hour, interactive training on bias on November 2, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.


The training will focus on both implicit and explicit bias. Implicit bias refers to the unconscious stereotypes and attitudes that individuals have about people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socio-economic status, among other factors. Explicit bias refers to these stereotypes and attitudes but on a conscious level. Bias, in any form, can affect interactions and decisions. Research shows that almost everyone experiences some form of bias. 

The purpose of the November 2nd program is to provide judicial officers and attorneys with training and tools to combat and eliminate bias in our courtrooms. The program includes the science behind bias and the ethical and professional canons that require both the bench and the bar to actively counter it. The program focuses on interactive scenarios and concrete examples that illustrate how bias can impact decisions and interactions in the courtroom and concludes with strategies and best practices in countering bias in specific legal contexts. 

Speakers for the November 2nd program include L. Song Richardson, Interim Dean, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Marcus Hunter, Assistant Professor in Sociology and African American Studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Jody David Armour, Professor of Law at the University of Southern California.


· There are no “right” or “wrong” answers
· Respect differences of opinion
· Allow everyone an opportunity to speak and be heard
· Respect confidentiality and privacy issues and exercise discretion
· Do not identify specific cases or individuals by name during discussions
· Do not repeat statements made during discussions outside of the program
· No audio or video recordings of the program 

Registration:  1:15 - 1:30 p.m. 
Presentation:  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

CLE Credit:  2.5 hours of Recognition and Elimination of Bias credit

Cost:  Complimentary for all who attend.

11/2/2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Stanley Mosk Courthouse 111 North Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
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