(Webcast) Active Listening and Equitable Lawyering: A Training in Implicit Bias and Methods to Halt Commonly Encountered Biases

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Program Co-Instructors:
Jonathan Andrew Perez
Criminal Defense Attorney
Sheeley LLP
Founder of Justice Equity Design Consulting LLC

Anton Robinson
The Innocence Project, Attorney
Professor UVM Restorative Justice Clinic

  • The goal of the course will be to provide attorneys with a set of skills to detect and overcome implicit bias when interviewing witnesses. By addressing both implicit bias and the practice of working with clients from diverse communities and neighborhoods, the training will provide a nuanced take on listening, empathy, and fairness. Using real life examples from criminal defense work and public interest work, this training gives a foundational lexicon hence set of actions to practice being anti-racist. This course focuses on the role of narrative, or storytelling, in translating a client’s allegations and back story into a legal complaint without erasing the authenticity of the individual regardless of race, sex gender, and ethnicity.

    Who Should Attend: Both new and practicing attorneys in the area of civil rights, criminal defense, prosecution, and any other public-facing legal practice.

    Program Fee:
    $49 for Members | $99 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Law Students, Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2019-2021), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, and attorney members who practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • 2:30 pm – 2:40 pm
    The speakers will introduce their practice , how they work to become better advocates against inequity , and how they built a practice of overcoming implicit bias as lawyers

    2:40 pm -3:00 pm
    Definition of Terms, Implicit Bias and Systemic Bias

    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
    Stroop Effect (a study) – patterns of recognition in our brains

    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
    Systemic Bias and How Law Practice Can Avoid Bias

    3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
    Active Listening – and Interviewing Clients from Oral History

    4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
    Explaining Negotiation in a Criminal Context to an Incarcerated Individual

    Putting It All Together, Forming Proximity With Communities Affected by Law, and Listening

    4:45 pm -5:00 pm
    Questions & Answers

  • New York: 2.5 Total: 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, 0.5 Ethics
    New Jersey: 2.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    California: 2.5 Total: 2.0 Elimination of Bias, 0.5 Professional Responsibility
    Pennsylvania: 2.0 Total: 1.5 General, 0.5 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

    Newly admitted New York attorneys (attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) cannot earn CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Criminal Courts, Terri Rosenblatt, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org