Biases, Blind Spots & Ethics: How Good Lawyers Go Astray

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Because lawyers represent the interests of others, our profession has grown up with a deep and serious commitment to ethical behavior. However, the way ethics is taught in most law schools makes two assumptions that run contrary to what we know about human behavior: (a) most courses emphasize what not to do; and (b) most teaching is focused on avoiding intentional ethical violations. In this exciting, new webinar, Dr. Larry Richard, a lawyer-psychologist who studies lawyer behavior, explains the flaws in these two assumptions, and offers several principles and practices to help us foster ethical behavior. Dr. Richard explores the cognitive toll that a rapidly changing profession – and world – takes on lawyers, and addresses how this cognitive toll produces unwitting biases that can cause misperception, misinterpretation, and misjudgment in our interactions with clients, colleagues, and the bench. You will...

  • Learn why using examples of good behavior is superior to avoiding bad behavior
  • Understand the role of cognitive biases, self-deception, and inaccurate emotional forecasting
  • Walk away with three practical steps you can take to increase the chances of ethical behavior

No matter how rational and fair we believe we are, we have biases and blind spots that affect our decision-making. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about cognitive biases that can affect your law practice, and practical techniques you can use to avoid unconscious ethical lapses.