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Friday, October 12

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Terisa E. Chaw, NELA Executive Director

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Understanding The Science Of Bias


Moderator: J. Bryan Wood
Professor Gary L. Blasi & Professor Tony Greenwald
There has been considerable evolution of the scientific understanding of bias over the past 50 years. Peer-reviewed scientific research has expanded our awareness that bias exists as a continuum spanning conscious explicit hostile animus, consciously held stereotypes, unconscious cognitive distortions, and implicit attitudes. This panel will explain the different ways in which scientists approach the topic of bias in all its many guises.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cutting Edge Issues In The Law Of Bias: Making The Causal Connection
  Speakers: Alice W. Ballard, Charlotte Fishman & David L. Lee
Proving a causal connection between your client's protected status and the action complained of is at the heart of every employment discrimination case. This panel will discuss the positive effects of the "new" social science on the traditional legal proof paradigm—
for example, how it can be used to overcome "inference blindness" and to address problem doctrines such as "stray remarks," "same actor," and "honest belief." Our speakers will also examine some of the "disconnects," limitations, and difficulties in applying the science.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Engaging The Judiciary

  Moderator: Jocelyn D. Larkin
The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, Dr. Jennifer Elek & The Honorable Morris Hoffman
This session will focus on how judges view the law and science of bias, provide an overview of recent educational programs for federal and state judges on the science of implicit bias, and highlight how practitioners can best explain and use the science in the context of summary judgment and trial.
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Identifying & Addressing Fact-Finder Bias
  Speakers: Alicia K. Haynes, The Honorable Morris Hoffman & David J. Zehner
A judge, jury consultant, and a plaintiffs' employment lawyer will explore strategies for jury selection, presenting evidence of bias to the jury, the affect of stereotypes on jurors' perceptions of you and your client, as well as solutions for identifying and addressing bias at trial.
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. So You Think You Need An Expert
  Moderator: Thomas A. Newkirk
Noelle C. Brennan, James M. Finberg & Professor Tony Greenwald
So you want to present bias science evidence—are you the expert, or do you need one? If you need one, who's good? What's the cost? And how do you maximize the chance your expert will be able to testify? Our panelists will answer these and other questions while discussing the pros and cons of using an expert, the types of experts to consider, how to survive Daubert challenges, and what to expect from your opponent if you use an expert.
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
  Co-Sponsored by
The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy

Saturday, October 13

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Successful Techniques For Uncovering Bias Through Discovery
  Speakers: Kathryn Burkett Dickson & Yona Rozen
Developing evidence of bias commonly characterized as "unconscious," "hidden," or "implicit" poses unique challenges. Speakers will discuss how to craft a discovery plan to obtain the necessary evidence to support your claims of bias and discrimination. They will share sample deposition questions, interrogatories, and requests for production of documents, explore using motions in limine as a sword and shield, and examine strategies to overcome discovery abuses by your opponent.
10:30 - 11:45 p.m. Bias On A Grand Scale: Using Social Science In Discrimination Class Actions
  Speakers: Suzanne E. Bish, Barry Goldstein & Joseph M. Sellers
Social science has long played a central role in explaining and proving systemic class-based employment discrimination. The Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, however, questioned the use of the plaintiffs' social science expert to establish the requirements for class certification in a gender discrimination class action. This panel will assess the impact of Dukes and the future role of social science in employment discrimination class actions.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Faculty Workshop

Faculty members and participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas for dealing with the issues that have been raised during the seminar. Faculty from each panel will lead a discussion table on their topic. In order to receive MCLE credit for this session, participants must take part in a roundtable.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Crafting Remedies That Make A Difference
  Moderator: Terisa E. Chaw
Professor Frank Dobbin & Thomas A. Newkirk
Equitable remedies are a key component of Title VII and an often overlooked means of increasing the "value" of employment cases to employers and courts. This session will discuss using the underlying purpose of Title VII as a remedial statute to help win and settle cases by focusing on how to frame and incorporate policy changes, and integrating modern theories of bias into pleadings, settlement, and trial to help enhance the value of the case and make a difference.
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Lessons Learned At Trial: Dos & Don'ts For Handling "Hidden Bias" In Employment Claims
  Speakers: Alicia K. Haynes & J. Bryan Wood
Veteran litigators will share their best practice tips on handling "hidden bias" in employment discrimination cases. Topics to be addressed include preparing your client for trial, theme development, opening and closing statements, creating the record for an appeal, and more.

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