March 28, 2018 – Biased? Me? How Lawyers Can Recognize and Improve Interpersonal Skills

Date: March 28, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Cost: FREE
Credit Approval: 1 CLE Credit including 0.5 Ethics Credit


So much of the practice of law involved decision-making, and convincing others to make better decisions based upon fact rather than emotion. This course is intended to guide the attendees to appreciate how they involuntarily make decision and guide them to recognize and prevent bias. We’ll examine:

  • The biology of human decision-making, including emotion, mood, complex cognition, and reasoning
  • The psychology of decision-making, heuristics, and issue-framing
  • The seven steps to effective decision-making
  • Self-serving bias, confirmation bias, and epistemic closure
  • The backfire effect of receiving contradictory evidence
  • Crushing your insular cortex to relieve the stress of unacceptable truth
  • Justification and politicization
  • Tipping points to change misperceptions
  • Professional training received by judges
  • Strategies to prevent bias in your own decision-making
  • Strategies in communicating to third-parties

Claude E. Ducloux has been licensed in Texas since 1977, and has also been licensed in California and Colorado. He is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been awarded the State Bar of Texas’ highest award for Pro Bono Service in 2001, and in 2011, the annual award for lifetime contribution to CLE (the “Gene Cavin Award”), and has spoken in more than 150 live programs in fifteen states since Jan 1, 2013, and numerous nationwide live webcasts, where attendees regularly rate his presentations very highly. Mr. Ducloux has a long legacy of bar service, including being President of the Austin Bar Association, and serving as Chair of almost every major Bar-related entity, as well as the Texas Bar Foundation.

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