Book Conference This Thursday - Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law

Book Conference This Thursday - Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law

  • Posted on: 11 June 2012

Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law: A Book Conference
Thursday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom
Harvard Law School
1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This conference considers what emerging social science can contribute to the discussion of race in American law, policy, and society. The conference will explore how scientific evidence on the human mind might help to explain why racial equality is so elusive. This new evidence reveals how human mental machinery can be skewed by lurking stereotypes, often bending to accommodate hidden biases reinforced by years of social learning. Through the lens of these powerful and pervasive implicit racial attitudes and stereotypes, the conference, designed to coincide with the launch of the book Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, examines both the continued subordination of historically disadvantaged groups and the legal system's complicity in the subordination.

The conference will bring together scholars, judges, practitioners, and community leaders to explore the issues surrounding implicit racial bias in law and policy. It will begin with a compelling overview of the social science. What does science teach us about automatic biases? And what do we still not know? Leaders in the areas of criminal justice, housing law and policy, education, and health care will then present overviews of the impact of implicit bias in their fields. Attendees will hear federal judges' and leading scholars' perspective on implicit bias claims in the courtroom and hear experts' assessment of the future of implicit bias in the law. A lively afternoon session will include simultaneous break-out sessions and roundtable discussions of specific implicit bias related topics. Audience participation will be welcomed and encouraged. The conference will close with a discussion of setting a forward looking and collaborative implicit bias agenda.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012; Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM Welcome from Charles Ogletree & Justin Levinson

9:00–10:00 Panel One: The Science: Exploring Implicit Bias in the Legal Context
Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University—Who Would Have Thought!
Dr. Patricia Devine, University of Wisconsin—Breaking the Prejudice Habit
Dr. Sam Sommers, Tufts University—Implicit Bias, Race, and Expert Witnessing
Chair: Justin Levinson, University of Hawai`i

10:00–11:15 Panel Two: Impacts of Implicit Bias Across the Law
Robert Smith, University of North Carolina & DePaul University—Criminal Law and Justice: Coloring Punishment
Michele Goodwin, University of Minnesota—Health Care: Cognitive Bias in Medical Decision-Making
Charles Lawrence, University of Hawai’i & Georgetown University—Education Law & Policy: Unconscious Racism and the Achievement Gap
Rachel Godsil, Seton Hall School of Law—Land Use and the Environment: A Tale of Two Neighborhoods
Jerry Kang, UCLA School of Law—Communications Law: Bits of Bias
Chair: Danielle Conway, University of Hawai`i

11:30–12:45 Panel Three: Courtroom Implications of Implicit Bias
Dr. Greg Walton, Stanford University—Affirmative Meritocracy: Implications of Stereotype Threat for Affirmative Action
Linda H. Krieger, University of Hawai`i—Missing Discussions of Implicit Bias in Federal Court Decisions
U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett (N.D. Iowa)—“Debiasing” the Courtroom
U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.), Harvard Law School—How Judges Have Reversed Title VII
Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society—Litigating Implicit Bias
Chair: Eric K. Yamamoto, University of Hawai`i

12:45 PM Lunch
Location: Wasserstein 1015 & 1019
2:00–4:00 Afternoon Simultaneous Sessions
Room 1: Implicit Bias and Criminal Justice
Location: Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall

2:00–3:30: Panel
Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project—Implicit Bias in Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
Ben Cohen, The Justice Center—Choosing Life or Death (Implicitly)
Dr. Jack Glaser, University of California, Berkeley—Motivation to Control Prejudice: No Intent to Discriminate vs. Intent to Not Discriminate
L. Song Richardson, University of Iowa—Policing and the Fourth Amendment
Lisa Thurau, Strategies for Youth—The Mechanics of Implicit Bias in Police-Youth Interactions
Anna Roberts, Seattle University—What to Do about Biased Juries
Chair: Carol Steiker, Harvard Law School

3:30–4:00: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitators: Robert Smith, University of North Carolina/DePaul University & Cynthia Lee, George Washington University
Room 2: The Breadth of Implicit Bias in the Law
Location: North Classroom, Austin Hall

2:00–3:30: Panel Dorothy Brown, Emory Law School—Stereotypes and the Earned Income Tax Credit
Danielle Conway, University of Hawai’i—Biases in Intellectual Property Law
Jon Hanson, Harvard Law School—Motivated Policy Attitudes
Susan Serrano & Breann Swann Nu’uhiwa, University of Hawai`i—Implicit Bias Against Native Peoples as Sovereigns
Deana Pollard Sacks, Thurgood Marshall School of Law—Implicit Bias-Inspired Torts
Dr. Augustus White, Harvard Medical School—The Doctor’s Hidden Brain, The Patient’s Neglected Pain… What Can We Do?
Chair: Dr. Victoria Plaut, University of California, Berkeley

3:30–4:00: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitators: Camille Nelson, Suffolk Law School & Dr. Victoria Plaut, University of California, Berkeley
Room 3: Education Law & Policy
Location: West Classroom, Austin Hall

2:00–3:30: Panel Dr. Greg Walton, Stanford University—A Question of Belonging: Interventions to Remedy Stereotype Threat Rachel Godsil, Seton Hall—Context and Capacity: Neutralizing Stereotype Threat in Law Students
Michelle Garcia, Southern Poverty Law Center—Training Teachers about Implicit Bias
Dr. Laura McNeal, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute & University of Louisville—Silent Epidemic: Implicit Bias and School to Prison Pipeline
Dr. Gregory Parks, Wake Forest University—What Higher-Ed Based Organizations Might Tell Us about Implicit Bias and Civic Activism
Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina—Bias Across the Educational Spectrum: Ability Grouping, Special Education and Discipline
Chair: Charles R. Lawrence, University of Hawai`i & Georgetown University

3:30–4:00: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Johanna Wald, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School
Room 4: Implicit Bias and Organizations
Location: East Classroom, Austin Hall

2:00–3:30: Panel
Jackie Glenn & Edwina Mays, EMC Corporation—Understanding Implicit Bias: An Insider’s View
Dr. Lisa M. Coleman, Harvard University— Implicit Bias in Higher Education Organizations
Macey Russell, Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP—Implicit Bias in the Selection and Retention of Counsel
Eli Wald, Denver University Law School—Implicit Bias and Law Firm Hiring and Promotion
Melissa Hart, University of Colorado Law School—Implicit Bias at Work
Linda H. Krieger, University of Hawai`i—Patterns of Implicit Judicial Inference in Antidiscrimination Adjudications
Chair: Cheryl Wade, St. Johns University

3:30–4:00: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Cheryl Wade, St. Johns University

4:15 PM Bridging the Sessions, Ames Courtroom
David Harris, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School Justin Levinson, University of Hawai`i
During this short session, the conference reconvenes in the Ames Courtroom. Facilitators from the four sessions will report back to the conference on the discussions of the panels.

4:45 PM Closing Remarks by Justin Levinson

5:00 PM Cocktail reception. Co-sponsored by Equal Justice Society.
Conference co-sponsor: Culture and Jury Project at the University of Hawai`i at M?noa
Special thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for providing support for this conference.

Annual Martha's Vineyard Forum:
Between the Lines: Race and Gender in Sports in the 21st Century

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 11:00 AM
Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute is happy to announce its annual Martha's Vineyard summer forum. As usual, the event is free and open to the public. We hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday, August 15th at 11am. (Doors will open at 10am.) The topic for this year's program is Between the Lines: Race and Gender in Sports in the 21st Century. We will examine the plight of women and men, some who are deceased and others who have retired, who have made a big impact on sports in the last several decades.

Please RSVP on our site here and check back soon for up-to-date information.
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Established in the fall of 2005 at Harvard Law School by Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (CHHIRJ) seeks to honor the extraordinary contributions of one of the great lawyers of the twentieth century. Charles Hamilton Houston dedicated his life to using the law as a tool to reverse the unjust consequences of racial discrimination. CHHIRJ is committed to marshaling the resources of Harvard and beyond to continue his unfinished work.

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