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Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section Meeting: Implicit Bias (SCB180322)
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When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hartford Club
46 Prospect Street
Hartford, Connecticut 
United States
Contact: Member Service Center

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Implicit Bias

Sponsored by the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

CLE Credits:
CT: 1.5 CLE Credits
NY: 1.5 CLE Credits

As you know, our next event is a bit outside the box, but a very important topic for all of us in our careers and in life. The CBA’s President and UConn School of Law Assistant Dean of Students, Karen Demeola (see bio below), will speak to us about implicit bias.

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, both favorable and unfavorable, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Scientists estimate that as much as 80% of our thoughts are unconscious. Though most of our unconscious beliefs are shaped by our experiences, social and perceived mores and other factors, we might not be aware of them. Such biases have the potential to impact our decision making, our relationships, our practice and our organizations.

You Will Learn:

  • About implicit bias and the impact it has on decision making.
  • The impact of implicit bias on creating diverse and inclusive teams.
  • Concrete ways to make the unconscious conscious or interrupt bias so that you can create a more inclusive practice. 

To prepare for our conversation, please take one of the Implicit Association Tests at Please read the preliminary information and indicate that you wish to proceed. You will be taken to another page with a list of tests. Please chose a test (or multiple if you wish) to complete. 

Karen DeMeola, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford
Karen currently serves as Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Students at UConn School of Law and is the current president of the Connecticut Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UConn and her J.D. from UConn Law. After graduation from law school, Karen was a civil rights litigator whose practice focused primarily on employment discrimination, police brutality and housing discrimination. While at UConn Law, she has been an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory and has presented on numerous panels, symposia and conferences on diversifying law school populations, implicit bias, intersectionality, leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Karen has also created numerous pipeline projects, including the CBA Pathways to Legal Careers Pipeline. Karen is a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. 

Karen was the recipient of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award; the CWEALF Maria Miller Stewart Award; the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Constance Baker Motley Award for Business and Law; and the University of Connecticut Spirit Award.


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Electronic materials are included in the price of the seminar. Any materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. No paper copies will be prepared unless purchased separately.  Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been sent. Cancellations made less than 2 business days prior to event are non-refundable

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for transitional and non-transitional credits. Financial hardship information available upon request.



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