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ABA Urges States to Address Implicit Bias in Law, Medicine

Aug. 3, 2020, 11:01 PM

A proposal urging states to require judges, attorneys, and medical professionals to undergo periodic training to address implicit bias was approved by the American Bar Association’s policy-making body.

The House of Delegates easily approved the resolution on Monday as part of the ABA’s first virtual annual meeting.

The delegates also overwhelmingly adopted a best-practices guide for attorneys considering litigation finance representation, and a change to ABA Model Rule 1.8(e), which would allow pro bono lawyers to help their clients with basic living expenses.

Implicit bias can be defined as positive or negative associations that affect beliefs, attitudes, and actions toward ...