Friday, August 9, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The human brain is wired to recognize patterns and make generalizations, even those based on faulty or incomplete information. And contrary to popular opinion, lawyers are human as well and therefore, we are just as susceptible to forming biases and acting upon them. And it does not require that we harbor ill will or animus towards other people. In fact, most often, our biases are not even our own, but rather those that have been taught to us.
So how do we unlearn our biases? In much the same way that we unlearned "i before e except after c" – by noting the exceptions. Because when you weigh it all out, you uncover that it’s really more of an art than a science. In fact, as it turns out, there are more than 900 words that break this "rule" and only 44 words that actually follow it. As a result, most of us have learned to ignore this unhelpful rule we were once taught. In this same way, by learning to seek out the exceptions to our gender, racial, and other biases, we can begin to unlearn them as well and start treating our clients, colleagues and subordinates as wonderfully unique human beings.
– Sean Carter; Humorist at Law
Minnesota CLE has applied to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 1.0 elimination of bias credit. The maximum number of total credits you may claim for attending this program is 1.0 credit.