Ethics, Implicit Bias and the Practice of Law

September 15, 2020
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
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Topic: Ethics, Implicit Bias and the Practice of Law
Presented By: Ray English, Ast. Dean, Officeof Career and Employment Services
Sponsored By: Thompson Flanagan

Ethics, Implicit Bias and the Practice of Law

The program will define the term implicit bias, and describe the empirical research that suggests implicit biases are wide spread, and can coexist with explicitly avowed anti-racist and tolerant attitudes. We will explore the questions of whether it is ethically condemnable to harbor an implicit biases and whether we should suspect ourselves of racial bias, and therefore correct for it in ordinary activities, including how we practice law.  Finally, we will discuss strategies to reduce the influence of implicit bias on our decisions and actions.

Prior to joining the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Ray English served as the Associate Director of Career Services at Georgia State University College of Law. He attended Wentworth Military Junior College and was recognized as a Distinguish Military Graduate, receiving a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Ray received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude.  He served six years as a Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force.  Upon leaving the military, Ray served as an Assistant Professor of Law teaching criminal law and litigation skills at the Appalachian School of Law.  Ray moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was an attorney/policy advisor for the Atlanta City Council and the Managing Director for a national legal staffing firm.  Ray has been appointed to serve on the National Association of Law Placement (NALP)  Board of Directors, elected to serve on the NALP Nominating Committee and has been selected to present at the NALP Annual Education Conference on numerous occasions.

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