Rhetoric, Persuasion and Implicit Bias – June 22, 2021

July 06, 2021

Temple University Beasley School of Law hosted this online advocacy training conference on Tuesday June 22 from 6-8 p.m. The topics were Rhetoric, Persuasion and Implicit Bias – how rhetoric can be racist in impact, how to teach persuasion and speech, and how to address overt and implicit bias and better protect our students.

Use the links below to view the conference recording.

6:00-6:30PM – A conversation with Professor Mary Bowman involving her paper Confronting Racist Prosecutorial Rhetoric at Trial, including what social psychology and neuroscience research explain about how racist rhetoric affects decision-making as well as how to avoid biased decision-making.

6:30-7:00PM – Two methods of teaching persuasion.  Federal Magistrate Judge and Temple Adjunct Professor Richard Lloret discusses his “Advanced Trial Advocacy – Speech” course, and Dickinson Professor Gary Gildin explains his ADVANCED PERSUASION course, which focuses extensively on the psychology of persuasion.

7:00-8:00PM –  Some law schools are already committed to or are exploring curricular change to ensure that issues of bias in the law should be addressed in all law school courses. This hour was devoted to discussing what issues of bias can/should be taught in advocacy courses and how to do so effectively.  Presenters are: Dr. Valerie Harrison, Esq., Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Senior Advisor for Temple University and co-author of DO RIGHT BY ME: LEARNING TO RAISE BLACK CHILDREN IN WHITE SPACE; Attorney Joe H. Tucker, Jr., Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and Professor Bonny Tavares, author of a chapter in INTEGRATING DOCTRINE AND DIVERSITY (Carolina Academic Press 2021).