Illumination of Bias: Practical Strategies for Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias in the Practice of Law

An ABA Free CLE Series Webinar | Monday, January 8th | 1-2:35 PM ET

This lively, interactive webinar from the nationally recognized presenters at ReelTime CLE explores cross-cultural interactions, and the ways in which our implicit biases can affect how we interact with each other. Webinar participants will explore the ways that implicit biases may show up, the impact they can have, the sources from which they arise, and best practices for mitigating their effects.

One of the most significant aspects of practicing law in an increasingly global economy (as well as communities that grow more multi-ethnic and multicultural each day) is the challenge of sustained interaction between people who are different from us in various ways. Even the simplest of encounters can often leave lawyers, paralegals, or the clients themselves feeling confused, frustrated, offended, or (worst of all) seriously hurt—even when everyone involved began with the best of intentions. And now, with the adoption and promotion of Rule 8.4 (g) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which adds harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc., to the types of sanctionable professional misconduct, it is imperative that lawyers and paralegals learn to identify their own blind spots in this tricky area.

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