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Being Explicit About Implicit Bias: Reflections on Racial Justice in the Law and Legal Profession

DATE & TIME:
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5:00 p.m. CST

LOCATION:
Virtual Meeting
Zoom meeting details will be sent prior to event

The events of the past year have served as a painful reminder of the racial injustices that persist in our community and country. As Catholics, we believe that all forms of social or cultural discrimination “must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1935.) Racial injustice is not just a matter of individual conscience; it can also impact the institutions and economic structures in which we live and work together. (Cf. U.S.C.C.B., Economic Justice for All (1986).) The legal profession and our justice system are no exception. As the Illinois Supreme Court has noted, even judges are susceptible to implicit bias formed from influences that can unconsciously affect decision-making. As lawyers, judges, and law students, what affirmative steps can we take in our professional lives to make our profession, and our justice system, more just and welcoming for people of all races and creeds?

On January 27, 2021 at 5:00pm CST, the Catholic Lawyers Guild will host a panel discussion on “Being Explicit About Implicit Bias: Reflections on Racial Justice in the Law and Legal Profession.” The panel will feature retired Judge Ed Washington, counsel for Nixon Peabody LLP, Judge Ramon Ocasio, a judge on the Circuit Court of Cook County, Tanya D. Woods, the Executive Director of the Westside Justice Center, and Tamiko Russell, a law student at UIC John Marshall Law School. The discussion will be moderated by Kevin Murphy, the President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild. 

An opportunity for questions and discussion will follow. There is no cost to attend. Registration is required. We hope you can join us.



Prayer

Providing opportunities for reflection and union with God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.

God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.

Service

Some notable services provided by the Guild have been pro bono service to immigrants at the request of Cardinal Samuel Stritch in the 1960s and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1970s , the hearings on sexual abuse conducted at the request of Cardinal Francis George in 2002, and our recent adoption of the Catholic Charities Legal Clinic as a service opportunity for our members.

Celebration

Annually we organize the Red Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, the Mass that has opened the Fall Term for courts since 1245 A.D. asking the Holy Spirit’s help for lawyers and judges. In tandem with the Red Mass, we celebrate with a reception with lawyers who have incarnated Christ in the world through their work.


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