Cost Of Bias Vegas 2005

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A presentation regarding bias in the legal profession that I presented to the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles in 2005

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Cost Of Bias Vegas 2005

  1. 1. The Cost of Bias in the Legal Profession William A. “Bill” Daniels MAZURSKY, SCHWARTZ, DANIELS & BRADLEY www.BillDanielsLaw.com CAALA Las Vegas August 2005
  2. 2. Bias is a Fact of Life <ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Race/ National Origin </li></ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-economic </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Orientation </li></ul>
  3. 3. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed . . . Declaration of Independence
  4. 4. Invisible Bias
  5. 5. The Daniels Clan
  6. 6. The Daniels Clan
  7. 7. Family Photos
  8. 8. Family Photos
  9. 9. Family Photos
  10. 10. Family Photos
  11. 11. Family Photos
  12. 12. Family Photos
  13. 13. Our Changing Profession <ul><li>2005 Legal Population (Source: American Bar Association) </li></ul><ul><li>By 2020, 36% of all Americans will be minorities </li></ul>
  14. 14. Our Changing Profession
  15. 15. The Eternal Debate
  16. 16. The Eternal Debate
  17. 17. Addressing Bias <ul><li>Judicial officers </li></ul><ul><li>Attorneys </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic bias </li></ul><ul><li>Bias in our own lives </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Benefits of Inclusion <ul><li>Human capital fully utilized </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence in justice system enhanced </li></ul><ul><li>Social “lubrication” reduces friction </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Title VII claims </li></ul>
  19. 19. THE END

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