During this course, you will learn to:
- how to identify implicit bias and related emotions and behavior;
- how to recognize, accept, and bridge differences among people;
- how to evaluate the fairness and appearance of fairness in our thoughts, communications, conduct, and decisions;
- how to disrupt implicit bias, identity anxiety, and stereotype threat in ourselves and others through specific recommended interventions; and
- how to work both individually and collaboratively to promote systemic change in the appellate bar and courts.
Moderator: Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio, TX
Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Richmond, VA
Gerald H. Goldstein, Esq. of Goldstein & Orr, San Antonio, TX
Rachel D. Godsil, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Perception Institute, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Scholar at Rutgers Law School, Newark, NJ
Please join a diversity strategist, appellate lawyers and judges for an introspective and frank talk on how implicit bias, identity anxiety, and stereotype threat affect members of the bar and the judiciary, 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 discernable. 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 identity anxieties and stereotypes 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The appellate bird’s-eye view is outdated; these times and future generations compel us to take a closer look in the mirror.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.