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Judges receive anti-bias training

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J udges receive anti-bias training

More than 20 state court judges recently attended a training session to learn how implicit biases can result in explicit behavior that may effect fairness in the courts.

Judge Dawn P. Fields, diversity coordinator for the Seventh Circuit, hosted the CJE Fairness & Diversity Conference at the Beach Safety Headquarters in Daytona Beach.

Thirteenth Circuit Judge Claudia R. Isom and 10th Circuit Judge Peter Estrada from the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity assisted in preparing and presenting the program. Other faculty included retired Seventh Circuit Judge Hubert Grimes, Assistant State Attorney David Cromartie, attorney Kelly Chanfrau, Assistant Public Defender George Burden, and attorney Alicia Washington.

Curriculum included a presentation by County Court Judge Chris Kelly, who presented a section titled “The Level Playing Field — Jury Selection and Jury Instructions,” and Arnell Bryant-Willis, diversity initiatives manager for The Florida Bar, conducted a “Privilege Walk” exercise.

Judges completed the “One Day in Three Years” educational requirement for state court judges, who are required to attend a day-long session on fairness and diversity within their first three years on the bench.

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