16 02, 2018

You Look Like Someone I Can Trust!

By | 2018-02-05T13:19:02+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

When our mother was alive, she used to tell the story that about six weeks after my eldest sister was born, my mother boarded a crowded war time train with my sister in her arms to meet my father then stationed in Nebraska in the Army.  Suddenly realizing she had left the diaper bag with [...]

19 01, 2018

An “Unreliability” Admonition?

By | 2018-01-09T12:50:25+00:00 January 19th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

An article last month in the New York Times got me thinking that perhaps in my mediations, I should warn people that their memories and perceptions may be unreliable, especially where the situation involves parties of different ethnicities. In To Curb Bad Verdicts, Court Adds Lesson on Racial Bias for Juries, Ashley Southall (December 15, [...]

22 12, 2017

A Bias I Never Thought About!

By | 2017-12-07T16:26:51+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Time tends to pass, and we do not even realize it.  In October, I received an invitation to attend my 40th law school reunion and did a double take; had it been THAT long? WOW! I decided to attend. During the weekend of festivities, Tulane put on two continuing legal education seminars since all of [...]

4 11, 2016

A Different Form of Implicit Bias

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:38+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Once again, The Economist published an interesting study on “why posh people spend less time noticing others.” In an article entitled “Your Class determines how you look [sic] your fellow creatures” in the science and technology section of the October 11, 2016 issue, the unnamed author recounts the experiments of Dr. Pia Dietz and Dr. [...]

8 08, 2014

Is It Random or is it A Streak?

By | 2017-05-13T07:47:58+00:00 August 8th, 2014|Research|Comments Off on Is It Random or is it A Streak?

Some weeks, I am able to settle each matter that I mediate while other weeks, I am unable to settle even one. Like everyone else, I think in terms of "streaks"; that is, I am on a good "streak" or a bad "streak".An article in the June 26, 2014 edition of The New York Times [...]

23 08, 2013

The “Too Attractive” Bias

By | 2017-05-13T07:31:03+00:00 August 23rd, 2013|Court Cases|Comments Off on The “Too Attractive” Bias

On Sunday, October 13, 2013, I will be participating in a panel presentation entitled, "Ethical Duties of Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession" as part of the California State Bar's Eighty Sixth Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. The focus of our discussion will be hidden/implicit biases- those biases that exist within us, subconsciously, if [...]

21 06, 2013

Bias: The Fat Lady is Guilty!

By | 2017-05-13T07:31:42+00:00 June 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 [...]

20 09, 2012

Anchoring and Fairness

By | 2017-05-13T07:34:05+00:00 September 20th, 2012|Actual Mediations|Comments Off on Anchoring and Fairness

Two weeks ago, I posted a blog about "cognitive bias". As explained on, "a cognitive bias is any of a wide range of observer effects identified in cognitive science and social psychology...that are common to all human beings." I recently conducted a mediation in which I saw one of these biases at work: "anchoring". [...]