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Webinar: Blind Spots, Bias and the Brain: Elimination of Implicit Bias Training

June 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

This program offers no MCLE credit.

Lawyers trade on brainpower for a living.  The brain is a beautiful and only partially-understood organ; far more complex than most man-made machines.  Machines, when they are free of defects and are properly serviced and maintained, are reliable in their efficiency and execution.  The human brain is not.  Each action or decision is comprised of conscious and unconscious processes that affect outcomes, and these processes are influenced by numerous factors.  The purpose of this session is to introduce you to critical thought processes that affect key decisions in legal decision-making and your interactions with people of different backgrounds and equip you with the tools needed to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes.


Speakers:
Hon. Kirk Nakamura
L. Song Richardson

Moderator:
Ken Wang


Hon. Kirk Nakamura was elected Presiding Judge in an uncontested election for the top post of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. Judge Nakamura began his two-year term as the Presiding Judge on January 1, 2019.

Judge Nakamura had served as Assistant Presiding Judge since his election in January 2016. He was appointed by Governor Gray Davis as a judge of the Orange County Superior Court in 2001. Judge Nakamura graduated from Duke University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1980 and from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science in 1977. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Orange County Asian American Bar Association in 2008. He is a former President of the Orange County Japanese American Lawyers Association, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, the William P. Gray/Lex Legion Inn of Court and the California Asian Pacific American Judges Association. He was a board member of the Orange County Bar Association and the California Judges Association. He was awarded the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with joint appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Asian American Studies. She received her AB from Harvard College and her JD from Yale Law School. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study decision-making and judgment in a variety of contexts. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke and Northwestern, among others. Her article, “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “Must Read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She is a co-editor of Criminal Procedure, Cases and Materials published by West Academic Publishing.  Currently, she is working on a book that examines the history of race in the U.S. and its implications for law and policy. 

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