The disproportionate representation of minorities in the criminal legal system has led to growing concerns regarding the impact of implicit racial bias in policing and the criminal system. While racism and discrimination are also factors, implicit bias is different in that it is based on unconscious bias that causes individuals to act in discriminatory ways. Bias in the criminal system erodes public confidence which is detrimental to public safety. This discussion is intended to build awareness of implicit bias, our panelists will lead a discussion that will move into breakout sessions where attendees will discuss ways to address implicit bias in the criminal system.

Monique Worrell

State Attorney,
Ninth Judicial Circuit

Judge Mark W. Bennett (Retired) +BIO

Drake University Law School’s Institute for Justice reform & Innovation

Professor Michelle Jacobs +BIO
Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Melba Pearson +BIO
Center for the Administration of Justice
Florida International University

C4386 Accreditation Certificate

CLE Credits:
General – 2.5 Hours
Bias Elimination – 2.5 Hours

Certification Credits – 2.5 Hours towards:
Appellate Practice
Criminal Appellate Law
Criminal Trial Law
Juvenile Law