20 04, 2018

Over Confidence Can Kill!

By |2018-04-05T12:45:34-08:00April 20th, 2018|Bias|0 Comments

My husband is known as an “aggressive driver” who, being impatient, takes unnecessary risks in his driving. When I mention these attributes to him, he retorts that he has yet to have an accident after all of these decades. In sum, like many of us, he is over confident in his driving skills based on [...]

17 02, 2017

Alternative Facts

By |2017-05-13T07:40:41-08:00February 17th, 2017|Bias|2 Comments

A few weeks ago, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” during a Meet the Press interview to defend President Trump’s assertion that the attendance at his inauguration was “huge”, the “largest” ever etc. despite aerial pictures of the crowd size showing the contrary. Several months ago and well before the [...]

22 01, 2016

Overcoming Implicit Bias through Diversity

By |2017-05-13T07:43:38-08:00January 22nd, 2016|Bias, Research|0 Comments

I never really thought about Implicit Bias being the flip side of Diversity or of Diversity being the antidote to Implicit Bias until I read two articles recently. One was in the December 2015 issue of the American Bar Journal (ABA) entitled “Battling Bias” by Stephanie Francis Ward discussing a housing decision handed down by [...]

24 01, 2014

What ARE we afraid of?

By |2017-05-13T07:29:28-08:00January 24th, 2014|Bias|Comments Off on What ARE we afraid of?

This month I am giving a series of presentations before different groups with my colleagues Gemma George, Ph.D. and John W. Garman, LL.M., FCIArb on the "Ethical Duties of Eiminating Bias in the Legal Profession." We are popular this month because by February 1, 2014, the last third of the alphabet of California attorneys must [...]

21 06, 2013

Bias: The Fat Lady is Guilty!

By |2017-05-13T07:31:42-08:00June 21st, 2013|Bias|Comments Off on Bias: The Fat Lady is Guilty!

Recently, I came across a study on bias against fat ladies. Researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found that a "significant bias" exists "...against female [obese] defendants in the courtroom...."("Huffington Post")The researchers created a mock jury trial using 471 participants of various weights. Each was then shown a "vignette describing [...]

6 07, 2012

Appearances Do Count!

By |2017-05-13T07:34:51-08:00July 6th, 2012|Bias|Comments Off on Appearances Do Count!

The other day, I conducted a mediation that lasted awhile which gave me the opportunity to converse with plaintiff's counsel and to get to know her a little bit. As this was my first mediation with her, I wanted to get to know her. In the course of our chatting, she told me about the [...]