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|

You Look Like Someone I Can Trust!

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 [Read More]

By |February 16th, 2018|Research|

An “Unreliability” Admonition?

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 [Read More]

By |January 19th, 2018|News articles|

A Bias I Never Thought About!

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 [Read More]

By |December 22nd, 2017|Research|

A Different Form of Implicit Bias

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 [Read More]

By |November 4th, 2016|Research|

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 [Read More]

By |August 8th, 2014|Research|

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 [Read More]

By |August 23rd, 2013|Court Cases|