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@ Osgoode: Rachlinski on "Intuition, Deliberation and Good Judgment" 1230-230 September 29, 2011

September 29, Professor Jeffrey Rachlinski (Professor at Cornell University Law School): “Intuition, Deliberation and Good Judgment” 1230-230 September 29, 2011

Room 2003 Osgoode Hall Law School.  Click here for more information and how to RSVP (lunch is provided, but space is limited).

Professor Jeffrey Rachlinski from Cornell University Law School will give a lecture on how intuitive processes can adversely affect judgment in the courtroom, boardroom and beyond. The event is organized by the Hennick Centre for Business and Law and co-sponsored by the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership and the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. It will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School on September 29th.

Professor Rachlinski has written many articles including a number looking at unconscious bias in trials, elections and other arenas.  For instance, Parks, Gregory Scott and Rachlinski , Jeffrey J., A Better Metric: The Role of Unconscious Race and Gender Bias in the 2008 Presidential Race (March 4, 2008). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-007.See all his SSRN publications here.

Rethinking Gender Equality … Media Coverage of [US] Supreme Court Nominees now on SSRN

Our project sits at the unique interdisciplinary intersection of law, gender studies, mass media, and political science.

Renee Knake and Hannah Brenner from Michigan State U College of Law have posted their interesting study on SSRN:

Rethinking Gender Equality in the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power: A Study on Media Coverage of Supreme Court Nominees Phase I, The Introduction Week by 

From the abstract:

“….women remain significantly under-represented in major leadership roles within the legal profession, where they face extensive gender bias and stereotyping. This gender bias and stereotyping is also leveraged against women who are featured in the media, illustrated most vividly by coverage of the most recent Supreme Court nominations. Headlines from mainstream news, “Then Comes the Marriage Question” in the New York Times or “The Supreme Court Needs More Mothers” in the Washington Post, and from the online blog arena, “Elena Kagan v. Sonia Sotomayor: Who Wore it Better?” in AbovetheLaw.com or “Put a Mom on the Court” in TheDailyBeast.com, are just a sampling…”

“This article presents results from the first phase of data analysis looking at the week following a president’s announcement of a nominee, and we report six preliminary findings. In identifying these findings, we assess the gendered portrayals of nominees to the Court, and we reflect upon how this knowledge might motivate the resolution of gender disparity in the legal profession’s pipeline to power”


Given that we’re coming up to some new “appointments” if not “nominations”, time seems ripe for a similar analysis here….