Continuing Legal and Judicial Education in Seattle
Civility Skills: The Art of Addressing Bias CLE/CJE
August 7, 2015
6.5 CLE credits including 2 ethics credits pending
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.
In this day-long interactive Continuing Legal Education seminar, participants will discuss the degree to which our attitudes and values are shaped by our background and experiences, explore ways to examine our own biases and assumptions as well as those of others, and develop and practice skills to address these issues in a civil manner that promotes justice.