FBA Hyatt Luncheon – Hon. Rodolfo A. Ruiz II
On September 11, 2019, at the FBA South Florida Chapter’s inaugural 2019-20 Hyatt Luncheon, the FBA was honored to present United States District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II. Judge Ruiz began by discussing the differences between serving on the state and federal benches, especially with respect to the larger amount of time and resources that federal judges have to focus on their cases. Judge Ruiz then transitioned to the issue of implicit bias, and explained how having more time and resources helps judges eliminate implicit bias, which appears more when people are forced to make snap decisions without much time. The Judge cited specific examples from his own experiences of how implicit bias can sneak its way into decision making, and explained how learning about implicit bias has helped him make better decisions as a judge. Judge Ruiz also discussed how education and training are key to eliminating implicit bias. The Judge concluded by urging the members of the audience to “go hug a state court judge” for all the work they do with a higher a case volume and fewer resources. Judge Ruiz also spent some time answering questions from the audience.
Thank you to all who attended, and special thanks to Judge Ruiz for sharing his insights on eliminating implicit bias.
- Category: Hyatt Luncheons
- Date: September 11, 2019
- Start Time: 11:45am
- End Time: 1:30pm