Topic:
Competency Bias or Ethics

“Mitigation of Bias”

The Percipio Company fosters inclusive cultures by creating safe spaces for brave conversations. We introduce a common language that differentiates between various types of bias. Through a process of self-reflection & discovery, we strengthen workplace relationships by identifying the hidden (and not-so-hidden) biases that are impacting attorney performance and the practice of family law.

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“Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment”

In this presentation, Mr. Mann provides a review of the brain chemistry of addiction and alcoholism, as well as a discussion of the behavioral and health consequences of the disease. Insights are offered into the personality traits of attorneys and the qualities of the legal profession that combine to make lawyers significantly more susceptible to addiction, and more difficult to treat, than the general population. The presentation includes a case study of an addict attorney, as well as a self-diagnosis exercise for attorneys to utilize if they are concerned that they may have a problem which needs to be addressed. Concluding remarks are directed towards both systemic and individual solutions to the problem, with references to specific strategies and resources available to attorneys. Mr. Mann approaches this very serious topic in a manner that incorporates humor and irony and invites attorneys to engage in a bit of sometimes much-needed self reflection.

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ELIMINATING BIAS IN FAMILY LAW, Part 1: Understanding Race and Social Dominance: White Supremacy, Structural Racism, and the American Legal System

United States history is founded in the bedrock of white supremacy and racism. From the Colonial Era to the present, race and indigeneity have shaped the lived experiences of all people within the nation. Sadly, across the centuries, the legal system has protected and legitimized structural racism rather than eliminating or meaningfully challenging it. This lecture will examine ways the legal system has enforced and protected white supremacy and structural racism across the centuries.

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ELIMINATING BIAS IN FAMILY LAW, Part 2: An Overview of Implicit Bias and Decision-making

Over the last decade, research in social psychology and brain science has enabled scientists to better understand how humans make decisions and what influences or shapes human decision-making and interactions. This highly interactive session explores what has been learned from implicit bias research and how our biases contribute to systemic and persistent racial and ethnic disparities.

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