Over Confidence Can Kill!

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 [Read More]

By |April 20th, 2018|Bias|

Alternative Facts

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 [Read More]

By |February 17th, 2017|Bias|

Overcoming Implicit Bias through Diversity

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 [Read More]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Bias, Research|

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 [Read More]

By |January 24th, 2014|Bias|

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 [Read More]

By |June 21st, 2013|Bias|

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, [Read More]

By |July 6th, 2012|Bias|