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Racial Justice Series: Implicit Bias and the Law


November 21, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 190

Join us for a lunch talk with Eva Paterson, President and Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society (EJS), about the impact and implications of implicit bias and stereotypes. The Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012 brought racial stereotypes and profiling to the forefront of the public media. Eva Paterson discusses how our minds can make these stereotypical relationships outside of our level of consciousness, and what the public, government and law enforcement need to do to break through biased decision making.

As a civil rights attorney Eva is focused on reclaiming the 14th Amendment and its constitutional safeguards against discrimination. In addition to her role as President and Co-founder of the Equal Justice Society, Eva is also co-chair of the California Civil Rights Coalition, an organization devoted to devising a number of progressive ballot initiatives to campaign against the death penalty, juvenile incarceration and discrimination against lesbians and gay men. Additionally, Eva previously served as Vice President of the ACLU National Board for eight years and is a former Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights where she was part of coalition that successfully won a groundbreaking anti-discrimination suit against race and gender discrimination by the San Francisco Fire Department.

Lunch will be provided. Co-Sponsored by Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the American Constitution Society (ACS).