Henderson Center - Social Justice Thursday Series

Thursday, October 11, 2012
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
132-Boalt Hall
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Ariana Ceja
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice


Neuroscience & Psychology of Decision-making in the Law: Gender and Racial Preferences and Biases       

Kimberly Papillon

Judicial Professor 


KPapillonIn previous sessions, we have examined the law through the lens of critical race theory and "intersectionality." This week we will continue to challenge the idea that the law is neutral, this time by looking at gender and racial preferences and biases through the lens of neuroscience and the psychology of decision-making in the law.


Kimberly Papillon will lead this interactive session.  She is a nationally recognized expert on judicial and legal decision-making.  She has delivered over 100 lectures nationwide on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of judicial fairness to state and federal court judges, national judicial organizations, and District Attorneys. She is regular faculty at the National Judicial College.  She is a member of the National Center for State Courts, National Training Team on Implicit Bias a "think tank" for national judicial education.  Her documentaries on Neuroscience and Judicial Decision-Making have received national recognition.


Ms. Papillon has a BA degree from U.C. Berkeley and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law.

There are no optional readings for this Social Justice Thursday.  

To reserve a lunch e-mail aceja@law.berkeley.edu, please indicate Chicken or Veggie. 

Social Justice Thursday is a year-long, optional series that is intended to introduce students to social justice lawyering with an emphasis on race, class and gender.

The series will cover the fundamentals of social justice and will include a combination of cases and readings.  The seminar calls on students to reflect both externally and internally and engage in dialogue around issues of race, gender and class.

Students may come to some classes and not others. While readings are optional, you will get more out of the seminar if you are familiar with foundational writings in the area and the cases that will be the focus of discussion.


For copies of the reading list and readings, please e-mail henderson.center@berkeley.edu.

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