Energy Law

Discovering Thoughts Underneath:

Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession

September 17, 2020

Webinar begins at 11:30 am Central

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

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Duration: 60 minutes

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Attorneys are considered impartial thinkers and actors, free of prejudice and bias. This notion is wrong. Studies show that although more than 85 percent of people perceive themselves as unbiased, most people hold some degree of implicit bias.

These biases are underlying thoughts that come from our unconscious. We are neither able to easily access them or control them. Even well-intentioned individuals can have thoughts, or unknowingly act in a way, that does not align with their core values or beliefs. Join us as we explore 1) implicit biases; 2) how implicit biases impact the legal profession; and 3) techniques to address our own implicit bias.

Webinar begins at 11:30 am Central
Duration: 60 minutes

Details for connecting to the webinar will be sent after you register.


Janika D. Polk
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC
New Orleans, LA

Janika D. Polk is a founding partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana. Janika supervises and coordinates high-stakes litigation, as well as several large litigation dockets in Louisiana and Mississippi. She has a wide variety of legal experience, but her primary practice areas include commercial litigation, toxic tort litigation, environmental litigation and product liability litigation. Janika is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Mississippi State Bar Association, the Product Liability Advisory Council (“PLAC”), and the National Bar Association.

Deborah D. Kuchler
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC
New Orleans, LA

Deborah D. Kuchler is a Founding Partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC in New Orleans. Louisiana. Deb has managed dockets of complex civil litigation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida involving toxic tort and environmental litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, class actions, product liability, personal injury and commercial litigation. She is a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas State Bar Associations, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”) and the International Society of Barristers (“ISOB”). She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and puts the efficiency precepts of Six Sigma into practice in the administration of the Firm and the handling of client matters. She enjoys the scientific issues presented by her dockets and typically handles the expert and Daubert issues associated with the Firm’s interesting caseload.


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CLE Credit

MCLE Information

Texas Course Number 174095240. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit. The IEL has not requested credit from any other state or country CLE/CPD organization.  If requested by attendees, we will apply for course credit in CA, LA, OK, NM, PA and WV, including credit in CA and WV for elimination of bias in the legal profession. No representation is made that credit will be approved by those jurisdictions.  Attendees may be able to self-apply for credit in other jurisdictions, but must make their own inquiries with their regulatory organization as to whether MCLE credit will be granted.

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