Since 1996, the Supreme Court of Texas requires all newly-licensed lawyers in Texas (including licensed out-of-state attorneys who are newly-licensed in Texas) to complete a four-hour professionalism course, Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, no later than 12 months after the date of licensure.
Even the most ethical of lawyers can be unwittingly led astray by the way the brain considers – or fails to consider – ethical questions. Research in the field of behavioral ethics has uncovered many ways that your brain can take ethical shortcuts without you even being aware of it. A panel of lawyers and experts discuss how it happens and what you can do about it.
Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our thoughts, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. They can be favorable or unfavorable and are activated without a person’s awareness or control. In particular, implicit bias can have a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of lawyers and judges. Our distinguished panel will discuss how implicit bias works, its implications for the legal profession, and what you can do to address it in your professional and personal life.
Please join us as we get to know TLAP Director Erica Grigg and TLAP’s Lead Clinical Professional Michelle Fontenot. We’ll discuss with them what TLAP offers, when and how you should seek assistance, and what to expect when you do.