Elimination of Bias in the Legal System– Cognitive Bias; Avoiding Mistakes in Decisions and Judgments in the face of uncertainty.
Myer J. Sankary teaches attorneys and other professionals about the origins of bias and how attorneys and professionals can manage bias to reduce certain types of thinking and judgment that are adverse to clients and the legal system. In addition to being a full time mediator, Mr. Sankary has had the privilege of studying with renowned neuroscientists around the world. This exploration and learning of the neurosciences has given Mr. Sankary new insight into how our brains function and how our decisions are formulated. The main topics covered include how bias is created, how the mind and behavior works, and how bias plays out in making decisions in the courtroom and in the office. Further topics discussed by Mr. Sankary include types of bias, the effects of bias, bias in jury selection, implicit social cognition & bias, how to manage bias, bias prevention training, snap judgments & stereotypes, organizing principle of the brain, warmth vs. competence, the SCARP Model, mindfulness and how to reduce bias.
In January,2017, Mr. Sankary presented the MCLE program on “Recognizing and Mitigating Bias in the Legal Profession and Society;new perspectives from the cognitive sciences.” to four different audiences:
Mr. Sankary was the moderator and presenter for the national Lexis-Nexis Webinar with a panel of experts including Professor Justin Brooks, Director of the California Innocence Project, Phyllis Cheng, former Director of the California Fair Employment and Housing Department and Carol Newman, Esq., former president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and leader in the LGBTQ community. The program included the following description:
“Scientific research informs us that elimination of bias is not possible, but can be managed. Bias is an automatic instinctive human process in response to our perceptions — even in those who insist they are not bias. In this 95-minute, CLE and ethics-eligible program, learn the science behind bias and key strategies for managing and mitigating it in your legal practice and in life. Attorneys from any size organization and any practice area will benefit.”
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The second program in January was presented by Mr. Sankary to the national law firm of Musick Peeler Garrett in Los Angeles, The third program was presented at the San Fernando Valley Bar Association with Carol Newman. The fourth program was presented by Mr. Sankary to the law firm of Knapp Peterson in Glendale.
Mr. Sankary also presented a fifth program featuring two areas of his expertise to the Association of Strategic Planners, on the subject of “Persuasion and Cognitive Biases; How to be more productive, persuasive and to avoid cognitive bias mistakes in your busines and profession,” based on the works of Prof. Robert Cialdini and the works of Daniel Kahneman and Moshe Twersky.
Mr. Sankary is available to give presentation on these topics of importance to associations and organizations. Call for more information. 818-231-2965
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Mr. Sankary frequently presents programs to businesses, law firms, accounting firms, and associations about applying the Science of Influence and Persuasion for Success in Negotiations based on the work of Dr. Robert Cialdini. Call or email for information.