Everyone’s a Little Uncivil And Biased Too



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June 6, 2024
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About the Program

As the State Bar has recognized in its new MCLE requirements, incivility is an increasing problem in the legal profession. It is important to acknowledge that all of us at times, either intentionally or more likely unintentionally, contribute to this problem by acting uncivilly based upon our own biases. Moderated by internationally recognized McGill University assistant professor, Dr. Jordan Axt, who focuses his research on the formation of intergroup bias, this program will explore why we form these unintentional biases. It will then untangle the nexus between unintentional biases and incivility, and how we can learn to recognize these biases in order to curb our own incivility.

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Meet the Speakers
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Sydney E. Allen


Senior Managing Associate Benesch Law

Sydney’s practice focuses on intellectual property, technology transactions, data security and privacy. She regularly represents clients in sophisticated IP and technology transactions, including SaaS, cloud, software development, licenses, technology services, professional services and manufacturing.

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Professor Jordan Axt


Assistant Professor McGill University Department of Psychology

My research explores how people form and express intergroup bias in attitudes and behavior. I investigate how such bias is presented both explicitly, when mental processes are more controlled, and implicitly, when mental processes are more automatic and uncontrolled. I study this question across many social domains, such as race, politics, religion, age, sexual orientation, and physical attractiveness. Through this work, I seek to discover how intergroup bias can be best conceptualized, measured, and reduced. In particular, I examine these issues by using large, diverse samples and applying novel methodologies.

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Kevin M. Benedicto


Police Commissioner San Francisco Police Department Counsel Redgrave LLP

Kevin has extensive experience representing and advising clients on various litigation matters. He is skilled at understanding the complexities and challenges surrounding high-stakes cases and assisting clients with developing and implementing practical strategies that consider each organization’s unique legal and business needs.

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Jacqueline M. Simonovich


Associate Weintraub Tobin

She regularly defends businesses and nonprofits facing litigation in California state and federal courts. She has litigated matters before international arbitral forums, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the International Chamber of Commerce. Jacqueline handles a wide range of
issues for her clients, including contractual, employment, and tort disputes, as well as constitutional issues.

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