APALA-NJ Events Calendar 2012


WCS Program: From Implicit Bias to Broader Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts to Co-host Education Program

The Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts will present an educational program and panel discussion titled “From Implicit Bias to Broader Inclusion in the Legal Profession”on Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Square, New Brunswick.  The program is presented through the Women of Color Subcommittee, together with the Diversity Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

The topic will be recognizing, understanding and overcoming implicit bias in the legal profession. The discussion is intended for judges and attorneys. Refreshments will be served.

Professor Tanya Hernandez of Fordham University Law School, the keynote speaker for the first part of the two-part program, will discuss implicit bias based on her research and scholarship, and will explain the Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT). 

The second part of the program will be a panel discussion exploring implicit bias in the courtroom and the legal profession. Moderated by Professor Solangel Maldonado of Seton Hall Law School, the panel will discuss how judges and attorneys can recognize and dismantle bias in the courtroom as well as in law firms, in-house legal teams and governmental legal departments, and solo practices.

Panelists will be retired New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz; Rachel Godsil, professor of law at Seton Hall and director of research at the American Values Institute, Engy Abdelkader, vice president of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and Daniel L. Weiss, an attorney specializing in immigration law.

The cost to attend the program, which qualifies for 2.4 continuing legal education credits for New Jersey attorneys, is $24. Attorneys registered in New York and Pennsylvania can earn CLE credits in those states for attending the program. To register, go to NJSBA.com.

For more information:
Winnie Comfort
Tammy Kendig