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Juror Perceptions of Women Litigators

Jurors not only instinctively pick up on the way in which other attorneys, judges, etc. treat female litigators, but also hold gender biases of their own, before ever setting foot in the courtroom.  This CLE examines the history of women in the courtroom with an emphasis on how past perceptions can influence jurors’ judgment of female attorneys in today’s world.  Drawing upon data collected from various psychological research initiatives across the country, this course focuses on the legal implications for the inherent implicit and explicit gender biases held by jurors.  Strategies for combatting gender bias in the courtroom are also discussed.

Rachel York Colangelo has a doctorate in legal psychology from Florida International University and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Virginia. Her education involved extensive coursework and research training, specifically in the area of jury decision-making.

Dr. Colangelo has over 15 years of experience in litigation consulting, and has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore metropolitan area for over a decade. Dr. Colangelo has consulted on cases throughout the country, but has particular knowledge of and experience with the jury venire in and around Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Wilmington (DE), New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles.

Dr. Colangelo is a member of the American Psychology-Law Society, a division of the American Psychological Association, as well as the American Society of Trial Consultants. In addition to conducting scientific research at the intersection of psychology and law and teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, Dr. Colangelo has authored several publications and presented several papers at various research conferences. She also presents Continuing Legal Education seminars on a variety of topics and speaks at legal industry conferences around the country on a regular basis

THIS SESSION IS PART OF THE FALL EDUCATION CONFERENCE: All sessions will be hosted on IPA Connect.  The cost of the Fall Education Conference (18 one-hour sessions in total) is $99 for members and $149 for prospective members.  Prospective members who wish to join the IPA can do so and attend the Fall Education Conference at the discounted member rate.

Registration and payment on IPA Connect is required (members will need to be logged in to the IPA Connect platform to register at the discounted rate - if you don't remember your password, enter your email address associated with your IPA membership and click to reset your password).

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Thursday, November 4, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
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Yvonne Kriss
815-630-3535 (p)
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