Strategies for Recognizing Implicit Bias and
Utilizing New District Court Jury Instructions

greater newburyport bar association

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 4:00-6:00
The Newburyport District Court, 188 State Street,

Two hours CLE for the CPCS Adult Criminal Panel

With the adoption of new jury instructions addressing bias, it’s increasingly clear that important decisions – by jurors, practitioners and clients – are being impacted by bias.  How do biases color our decision-making and how can we recognize and manage them with an eye towards the best outcomes? This interactive session is led by Israela Cass, who will address common implicit biases and provide practical tools on how to manage their impact.

Learn from District Court Judges Mary McCabe and Lynn Rooney about the new Implicit Bias Jury Instruction and how to implement it in your practice. Also included is the developing case law surrounding Soares/Batson challenges. Hear trial/voir dire tips on identifying implicit bias from trial expert Attorney Marc Diller.

This program is a must to enhance skills for any lawyer who practices in the district court. It will give insight into our increasing focus on issues of diversity and equality in dealing with our own clients, our colleagues and in our daily practices. It is important for all mediators and conciliators to enhance their neutrality skills as well.


Hon. Mary F. McCabe, District Court, Moderator
Hon. Lynn Rooney, District Court
Israela Brill-Cass, Esq., Ombudsperson, Wesleyan University
    Communication Studies Affiliated Professor, Emerson College
    Founder and Principal, Fixerrr
Marc Diller, Esq., Diller Law LLP, Boston
Eugene Nigro, Esq., Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP

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