Implicit (or Unconscious) Bias in Jury Trials

A Discussion of Causes, Effects, and Possible Remedies

$60 for MBA members | $95 non-members

“Of course I can be fair.” As rational human beings we think we can be fair, and we want to be fair. But what we may not realize is that deep down, all of us have implicit biases that impact our understanding, evaluation, and decisions about the world around us. So, if these biases are below the surface, how can we unearth them and reduce their negative effects?  This panel of judges, lawyers and a jury consultant - Judge Michael Simon, US District Court, Judge Melvin Oden-Orr, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Clarence Belnavis, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Beth Creighton, Creighton & Rose PC and Laura Dominic, Tsongas Litigation Consulting - will discuss what is currently being done in Oregon to address implicit bias in our jury system and explore the ways to combat the negative effects throughout trial. This presentation will look at implicit bias in both jurors and attorneys. We will focus on what can be done in pre-trial instructions, voir dire, trial presentations, closing argument, and final instructions to address implicit bias in the jury decision-making process and in the attorney strike process. Come join us to continue this important conversation.

For more information: Contact Rudy Lachenmeier, Attorney at Law, at 503.207.6932. For registration questions, contact the MBA at

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Remote attendance only via Zoom
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