Implicit Bias = Bias of the Brain

Are you biased? Nobody thinks they are biased – but every person has hidden, unconscious bias wired into our brains. Implicit bias is a subtle cognitive process that starts in the amygdala and affects the way we process information and formulate decisions.<br><br>

Attorneys & Implicit Bias

After this course you will be able to recognize & reduce your biases, know how to counter the opposition’s biases, determine if the forensic examiner’s report is biased, recognize the effects of bias on forensic examiners’ opinions and learn how biases impacts juries.

Will Implicit Bias Cost You Your Next Trial?

Mike Wakshull will introduce you to the neuroscience of unconscious, implicit bias and how this cognitive bias leads to errors during trial. The course will focus on attorney & judge decision-making and implicit bias in forensic sciences and expert witnesses. Mike will conclude by providing potential solutions for attorneys to overcome these hidden biases. To access the course please click here: Implicit Bias in the Courtroom: Will It Cost You Your Next Case?.

Issues in the Bias CLE:

* Stereotypes

* Confirmation bias

* Sources of bias

* How implicit bias leads to false results

* Personal appearance & bias

* Contextual bias

* Confirmation bias

* Juries & heuristics

* Telling stories

* Familiarity & human error

* Expert methodology

Michael N. Wakshull – Forensic Document Examiner

A court-qualified forensic document examiner, Michael N. Wakshull has been involved in the Forensic Document Examination arena since 2010 and belongs to a number of Document Examination Associations.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

* Alaska (AK)

* Alabama (AL)

* Arizona (AZ)

* California (CA)

* Connecticut (CT)

* District of Columbia (DC)

* Illinois (IL)

* Maryland (MD)

* Massachusetts (MA)

* Michigan (MI)

* Missouri (MO)

* New Hampshire (NH)

* New Jersey (NJ)

* New York (NY)

* North Dakota (ND)

* Pennsylvania (PA)

* South Dakota (SD)

* Vermont (VT)

California Implicit Bias CLE

The State Bar of California recently amended the California MCLE requirements. For CA MCLE Compliance Group 3 (N-Z) for the period ending on January 31, 2023, attorneys must complete at least two hours dealing with elimination of bias. Of the two hours, at least one hour must focus on implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies.