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How Bias Can Weaken Legislation

When it comes to law, ignorance isn’t bliss.

It’s bias.

Prejudicial policy continues to find its way into law despite the noble goals of the judicial system and the efforts of well-meaning lawmakers.

Two Georgia State Law professors have done important work in understanding how and why this happens. Their works illustrate, in one case,… more »

Steven J. Kaminshine

From the Dean: Implicit Bias and How it Can Impact the Law

An essential component of training exceptional lawyers is cultivating professional development, especially with client interaction. In addition to teaching how to communicate effectively and other skills, our professors also devote time to the issue of implicit bias and how it can impact the law, legal system and our students’ ability to develop effective client relationships.

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Jury Consultant de La Rue Fighting for ‘Fair and Impartial’

The reconnaissance that goes into picking a jury is a combination of art and science, and it takes time. It is studying demographics, but it is also studying body language and nonverbal hints from a prospective juror.

It is turning over a rock to see what is on the other side. It is not… more »

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 »