The Administrative Judicial Institute, together with the New York State Administrative Law Judges Association (NYSALJA), is pleased to invite you and your fellow Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers to attend a jointly-sponsored two-hour CLE accredited program entitled Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Courts presented by Professor Rachel Godsil of Seton Hall University School of Law.  Judges, despite their ethical obligations and conscious efforts to be fair, are subject like most people to implicit bias that may impact their decision-making and impede their ability to judge according to their conscious values.  Professor Godsil, the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall and the co-founder and research director for a national consortium of social scientists and law professors focusing on the role of implicit bias in law and policy, will share mind science research on the nature of implicit bias to better inform judicial decision-making.  She will also review steps that judges can take to heighten awareness of implicit bias and to minimize its impact.

The program will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)’s new office location on 100 Church Street, 12th Floor.  Also, for the first time, the Institute, with NYSALJA’s assistance, plans to broadcast this program live through videoconferencing to our fellow administrative law judges and hearing officers in Albany, New York, at the SUNY Albany Downtown Campus, Rudolph Room (Husted 110), 135 Western Avenue, Albany, New York.  

This free course, provides 2.0 CLE credits in skills (transitional and non-transitional) to participants attending at either location.  Please share this announcement with your legal staff and colleagues. Pre-registration for the program is required.

All attendees regardless of location should register for this program by going to the Upcoming Programs link on the Institute website: (Note: click on the program title on two consecutive pages to get to the registration page).  For those planning on attending in Albany, the contact person is: Hon. James