What Business Can Learn From the Courts For Combating Unconscious Biases

  • Implicit biases affect [a] client’s choice of lawyers.
  • Unique caseload pressures, combined with implicit biases, may result in initial [prejudiced] evaluations by lawyers, such as public defenders, which impact future case decisions in significant and potentially undesirable ways.
  • Implicit biases unknown to prosecutors may dramatically affect prosecutorial discretion in undesirable ways.
  • Implicit biases affect lawyers’ evaluations of judges.
  • Implicit bias affects jurors’ memories, their interpretation of ambiguous evidence, and the presumption of innocence in ways often averse to minorities.

1. Increasing Awareness

2. Ensuring Diverse Juries

3. Encouraging Dialogue

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