As lawyers we like to believe that our profession is a true meritocracy, but the legal profession is still, despite decades of improved law student diversity and more inclusive associate hiring practices,
The question for many law students today is what you can do to protect yourself when you realize you’re in a real-life situation stemming from bias?
Let me tell you a story about implicit bias. In 2009, I married a man I met the first day of law school. He is white. I am black. In 2010, we moved to Chicago. By various measures, Chicago is the most segregated city in the United States. Specifically, for
Implicit bias is pervasive. It is a consequence of our brains’ quest for efficiency. Instead of laboring over every decision we need to make each day, our brains take shortcuts when making routine decisions. For example, each time you stop at a red light you don’t contemplate what that means