A Conversation about Implicit Bias in the Justice System

On August 6, 2020 at noon eastern, the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted a conversation about implicit bias in the justice system.  We were fortunate enough to have three experts on this subject matter as participants in this conversation, federal district judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Armando Ruiz, Rutgers Professor Rachel Godsil, and criminal defense lawyer David Howard. Former United States Attorney Wilfredo “Willy” Ferrer  moderated the conversation.

As we continue to see pushes for changes in the criminal justice system, one topic that deserves attention is the issue of implicit bias and how it affects decision making.

Judge Ruiz has taught judges throughout the State of Florida how to recognize and combat implicit bias in the courtroom.  Judge Ruiz also testified about this issue before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Professor Godsil provides trainings and lectures to a wide range of private and public institutions seeking to address the role of bias associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.  She has also  provided trainings on implicit bias to state judges across the country on behalf of the National Association of State Judges.

Willy Ferrer was one of the longest serving U.S. Attorneys in Miami history, holding the position for nearly seven years.  In that role, he oversaw the busiest U.S. Attorney’s Office in the country, with the Miami office bringing more than 11,000 cases during his tenure.  Mr. Ferrer is now the Managing Partner of Holland & Knight’s Miami Office.

David Howard is a nationally-renowned criminal defense lawyer who routinely handles high-profile federal criminal cases in Florida and other states.

The conversation occurred via the Zoom platform.

Thank you to our panelists and moderator!


2020-08-06 12:00:002020-08-06 13:00:00America/New_YorkA Conversation about Implicit Bias in the Justice System_Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapterfederalbar.southflorida@gmail.com
  • Category: CLEs
  • Date: August 6, 2020
  • Start Time: 12:00
  • End Time: 13:00