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CLE – Not so Bling Justice: Implicit Bias and the Legal System
June 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Capital District Chapter
Presenters: Mark D. Rogerson, Ph.D., and Mirna Santiago, Esq. There will be a panel discussion with Honorable Christine Ryba, New York State Supreme Court Judge, Third Judicial District; Hon. William Carter, Albany County Court Judge; Lillian Moy, Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York; Lisa Frisch, Director of The Legal Project; and Melissa Breger, Professor of Law at Albany Law School.
Moderators: Hon. Thomas A. Breslin, Supreme Court Justice and Third Judicial District Administrative Judge, and Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.), adjunct faculty member, Albany Law School, chair, Third JD Gender Fairness Committee
Details: Fairness and impartiality are pillars of the legal system, but studies show that just as every person in the courthouse—judges, attorneys, non-judicial staff, jurors—brings his or her life experiences, they also bring their biases, stereotypes and preconceptions. Often, these biases are in the “hidden brain” and the individual is unaware of even harboring preconceptions that may well impact behavior and decision-making. This program seeks to raise the curtain on “behind-the-scenes” or “implicit” biases, so they can be identified and addressed in an effort to ensure that the justice system is fair and impartial.
CLE credit: CLE credit is pending. Two credits (one for diversity) are anticipated.