Sessions Information

  • January 5, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
    Room: Magazine
    Floor: Third Floor

    The presence of bias in the courtroom has the potential to undermine public faith in the adversarial process, distort trial outcomes, and obfuscate the search for justice. In Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, the United States Supreme Court recently held for the first time that the Sixth Amendment required post-verdict judicial inquiry in criminal cases where racial bias clearly served as a “significant motivating factor” in juror decision-making. This panel will examine the manner in which identity bias seeps into civil and criminal trials in the United States, the extent to which such bias impacts jury and judicial decision-making, and the adequacy of evidentiary rules and constitutional doctrine to ensure just trial outcomes.  Post- Foster v. Chapman, the panel will consider how prosecutors are being trained to ensure Batson requirements prohibiting racial bias does not play a role in selecting the jury.

    Business meeting at program conclusion.

Session Speakers
Pepperdine University, Rick J. Caruso School of Law

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Gonzaga University School of Law

Benjamin L. Crump College of Law at St. Thomas University

University of South Carolina School of Law

Albany Law School

Session Fees
  • [5240] Evidence, Co-Sponsored by Minority Groups - Bias in the Courtroom : $0.00