Magazine – Winter 2017 features

Tiffany Roberts

The Beast Within: Subconscious Bias and the Battle for Justice

The second-year law school students watched in amazement.

A woman gave testimony in a domestic violence hearing in Cobb County Superior Court. Instead of the subdued, tearful, intimidated stereotype of a domestic abuse victim, the woman seethed with fury, crying out.

She blew student preconceptions apart like a bomb.

After the hearing, Tiffany Roberts… more »

ABA Prohibits Bias in Law Practice

The legal profession has long had the ability to remove from its ranks lawyers whose conduct shows they lack ethical character sufficient to practice law. In August, the American Bar Association (ABA) further expanded the class of activities that can put a lawyer’s bar license at risk by amending ABA Model Rule 8.4, Misconduct, to… more »

Bias: It’s Everywhere, and It’s Not Going Away

She tells her students they’re biased. They can’t help it. And that’s okay.

She also tells students if they want to be good lawyers, they have to be intentional about how they deal with those biases.

Then, Tanya Washington, professor of law, gives students opportunities to become aware of, own and explore their… more »

Cultural Awareness Class Creates Questions, Provides Answers

Bias is a hot-button word in today’s cultural climate. Few other words will grab as much attention or spark such a physical, emotional or legal reaction.

In a cultural awareness class, Kendall Kerew, assistant clinical professor, and Kinda Abdus-Saboor, lecturer, examine implicit biases by prompting students to evaluate the lens through which they see the world.… more »