Being a Neutral Means Being Neutral: Recognizing and Avoiding Implicit Bias (or Not So Implicit) Bias in Mediation
H & D CLE
April 19 from 12:00-1:15
Description: Often times a mediation is the parties’ “day in court.” As a result, it is important that the process be fair in perception and reality. Thus, neutrality in mediation goes beyond having no connection to the parties or the matter at issue. It requires that the mediator have no patent or latent bias – favorable or unfavorable - of the parties or their attorneys due to gender, orientation, race, culture or other factors that may influence the mediator’s judgment or conduct during the course of the mediation. Unfortunately, even well-meaning, experienced, and talented mediators may show implicit bias towards a party or an attorney. During this session we hope to identify implicit bias that may impact a mediation and, through role plays, show how to deal with those situations when they arise.
Speakers: Jonathan Dunitz, Verrill
John Giffune, Verrill
Asha Echeverria, Bernstein Shur
1 hour of H & D CLE credit is pending approval. Zoom credentials will be emailed to registrants one day before the program.