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2021 Racial Bias Challenges in the Legal System

Total Credits: 2.4 MCLE, 2.4 Ethics, 2.4 Elimination of Bias, 2.0 Kansas Credit, 2.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics
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North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley addressed the intersection of the justice system and recent protests. She said, “We must come together to firmly and loudly commit to the declaration that all people are created equal, and we must do more than just speak that truth. We must live it every day in our courtrooms. . . . Communities are crying out for justice and demanding real, meaningful change.” One place where “real, meaningful change” needs to occur is in our legal system — where studies show illegal racial discrimination in jury selection, discrimination in civil jury verdicts, racial bias in jury deliberations, and racial disparities in arrests and criminal sentencing continue to persist.  In addition, implicit barriers make it difficult to enter into and advance within the field of law.  This program will review studies on racial bias in the court system and the legal community; discuss implicit bias, cognitive dissonance, and confirmation bias; and make recommendations going forward. 

Speakers:  Betty L. Dunkum, CEO, Victory Trial Consulting, LLC, West Palm Beach, FL; Shayla Marshall, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, District Defender, St. Joseph; Cecilia D. Appleberry, Missouri State Public Defender’s Office, St. Louis 


Betty Dunkum's Profile

Betty Dunkum Related seminars and products: 2

Victory Trial Consulting, LLC

Betty L. Dunkum is the Chief Executive Officer of Victory Trial Consulting, LLC (, a full-service national trial consulting firm providing assistance to attorneys in case evaluation, jury research, trial strategy, thematic development, jury selection, trial communication, and witness evaluation. Among its services, Victory Trial Consulting provides consultation for trial and jury selection and conducts case analysis, witness preparation, focus groups, and mock trials. 

Ms. Dunkum advises litigants on major lawsuits around the country. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree, from Williams College.  She has over twenty-five years of experience in complex litigation, including federal and state civil, commercial, employment, construction, personal injury, medical malpractice, eminent domain, constitutional and religious liberties, criminal, antitrust, copyright, and trademark litigation. She has been the lead trial consultant on a number of cases of regional and national significance. Her clients have over $1 billion in jury verdicts and settlements during trial.

Ms. Dunkum is currently serving as a jury consultant advisor to the New York University School of Law Civil Jury Project, which is working with thought leaders around the country to develop ways jury trials need to change. 

Shayla Marshall Related seminars and products: 1

Missouri State Public Defender


Tue, Mar 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 02:00pm CDT
Thu, Apr 22, 2021 - 12:00pm to 02:00pm CDT
Wed, Jun 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 02:00pm CDT

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