Civility Skills: The Art of Addressing Bias CLE/CJE in Seattle

August 7, 2015

6.75 CLE ethics credits

Lawyers and judges promote justice when they address biases and assumptions effectively. Two integral components of civility are being aware of our own biases and assumptions and being able to respond to those of others. Our past experiences and cultural backgrounds influence how we operate in the world. Everyone has biases and assumptions; we need them to survive. But problems arise when we act without taking time to examine these assumptions and how they impact the way we operate in the world. Likewise, the assumptions and biases of others can have a significant impact on the choices available to us in a given situation. Developing skills to navigate these situations effectively can promote a more civil and just legal system.

What participants had to say about this program:

"So powerful and well done, I'm amazed at the structure and dialogue created around an overwhelming topic."

"Thank you very much for an amazing CLE! Paula, Craig and Justice Gonzales are wonderful inspiring speakers."

"This is probably the most important topic for humanity today. Thank you all for tackling this issue."

"Really great and pertinent information. It can allow me to be a better attorney and person."

"I plan to have more conversations about civility and implicit bias with my co-workers, in an effort to grow the conversation."