Moderator: Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio, TX
Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
Gerald H. Goldstein, Goldstein & Orr, San Antonio, TX
Yolonda Harrison, Deputy Director of Programs and Assessment, Perception Institute, Phoenix, AZ
Please join a social scientist and appellate lawyers and judges for an introspective and frank talk on how implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotyping infect the bar and the courts, including at the appellate level, and how we can improve the public’s trust and confidence in our systems. Explicit bias and racism are easily discernible. But how do we identify and work to remedy unconscious bias in ourselves and others that if undetected affects our decision making process in our work and daily lives? How can we counter the racial anxieties and stereotyping that influence our behavior, create unintended consequences, and perpetuate racism? Most importantly, what are some concrete steps we can take together to ensure that our judicial system does indeed provide justice and equality for all?
The appellate bird’s-eye view is outdated; these times and future generations compel us to take a closer look in the mirror. This virtual program has been intentionally designed to encourage self and collective reflection on where we are, how we got here, and how we can move to a better place.