Implicit Bias in the Law

September 22, 2022



Implicit Bias in the Law

September 22, 2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

It used to be thought that you don't know what you don't know. Well, no more. This class explores what goes on under the hood of the brain, the back side of a person's operating system. There are presumptions, assumptions and stereotypes that influence decisions. Sometimes, these presumptions are good. But sometimes, they can work to discriminate against people based on race and sex. This class examines how implicit bias works and how it can impact clients.


Joel Oster

JoelOster is a seasoned constitutional attorney and regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He represented the town of Greece, New York in the landmark constitutional case Galloway v. Greece. Joel argued the case before the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Second Circuit, and he was part of the legal team presenting the case to the United States Supreme Court.

Oster regularly litigates First Amendment issues. As lead counsel in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama, Oster skillfully defended the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer against an Establishment Clause challenge. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he successfully defended the right of an organization to have a pro-life specialty license plate in Missouri in Roach v. Stouffer. In Wigg v. Sioux Falls School District, he successfully represented an elementary school teacher in obtaining equal access to school facilities. Oster has defended various churches based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, against discriminatory zoning codes and regulations. Likewise, he has defended various individuals, corporations and political committees against discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign finance regulations.

Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, Florida and numerous federal courts.

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