“implicit bias”

3 05, 2019

Legislating Against an Implicit Bias

By |2019-04-30T15:58:09-07:00May 3rd, 2019|Legislature|0 Comments

In 2017, I posted a blog entitled, “A Bias I Never Thought About” which discussed an implicit bias against hair styles, most notably, Afros, Dreads, Twists, and Braids. It was based on a lecture given by Professor Wendy Green who is an expert on discrimination based on hair style. This all came back to me [...]

17 08, 2018

What’s In a Name? Bias!

By |2018-08-06T15:42:06-07:00August 17th, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

In previous blogs, I have discussed the notion of implicit or unconscious biases which are “…social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.” (https://diversity.ucsf.edu/resources/unconscious-bias) Such [...]

22 12, 2017

A Bias I Never Thought About!

By |2017-12-07T16:26:51-07:00December 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 [...]

8 09, 2017

A Fat Bias: implicit or Explict?

By |2017-08-23T17:12:15-07:00September 8th, 2017|Research|1 Comment

When you see an overweight person walking down the street, or perhaps sitting in a meeting with you, what is your reaction? Do you cringe or try to avoid that person? Do you have thoughts- good or bad- about that person’s physical appearance? Are you even aware of your reaction or are they so deep [...]

4 11, 2016

A Different Form of Implicit Bias

By |2017-05-13T07:41:38-07:00November 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. [...]

22 07, 2016

Implicit Bias is Alive and Well

By |2017-05-13T07:42:24-07:00July 22nd, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

There has been much written about implicit bias, and society has worked hard to eradicate it. Yet, one recent study and one news article indicate that however hard society has tried consciously to be rid of implicit biases, unconsciously, they still exist. In a June 20, 2016 article posted on LiveScience entitled “Male Doctors, Female [...]

22 01, 2016

Overcoming Implicit Bias through Diversity

By |2017-05-13T07:43:38-07:00January 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 |2017-05-13T07:29:28-07:00January 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 [...]