On-Demand Video

Implicit Bias (2022 Criminal Law Symposium Session)

  • City:
  • Start Date:2022-06-02 20:00:00
  • End Date:2024-06-02 20:00:00
  • Length:
  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Criminal Law

$79.00 ["ProPass"]

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This session will focus on how implicit bias can influence judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers and jurors at various stages in the criminal litigation process.  We will discuss how our criminal justice system treats prisoners as inhumane and unworthy of dignity, and how that bias translates into sentencing decisions and prison conditions.

The credits offered by this course count toward the CLE requirement of Criminal Procedure Rule 801, for appointment as defense counsel in a capital case.

Recorded at Day 2 of the Criminal Law Symposium in June 2022.


Jalila Jefferson-Bullock M.A., J.D.

Prof. Jefferson-Bullock, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law and Race and American Law. Professor Jefferson-Bullock received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College, Master of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to this appointment, Professor Jefferson-Bullock taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure in Phoenix, AZ, where she was an active member of the law school community. Professor Jefferson-Bullock’s research interests include constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, federal sentencing, legislation, and civil rights. She has published scholarly articles on the politics of disaster in post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of excessively long federal criminal sentences on families and communities, early release of aged and terminally ill offenders, and limiting executive power. Her most current work refocuses the discussion of various aspects of sentencing law and policy reform on the need to de-emphasize traditional incarceration, while exploring, establishing, and maintaining meaningful, guiding purposes in federal sentencing. She has presented scholarly research at several conferences, and served on numerous research panels. Before embarking on her career in academia, Professor Jefferson-Bullock enjoyed a varied law practice for ten years. She represented plaintiffs at a litigation boutique firm in California, and in large, national class action cases in Louisiana. In 2005, she opened a successful practice with her sister, specializing in personal injury and general business advices matters. She also served as a public defender in Orleans Parish Municipal Court, where she represented indigent criminal defendants, in matters ranging from simple misdemeanors to domestic violence. Professor Jefferson-Bullock believes strongly in public service. She was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives in 2003, where she represented a district in her home city of New Orleans. Respected by her peers and House leadership, she was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state’s budget. Post-Katrina, she was an outspoken champion for the rights of the displaced, most notably, the right to vote.Professor Jefferson-Bullock continues to serve her community. Throughout her career, she has been appointed to numerous community boards and commissions, and has received several awards and recognitions for community service. Most recently, Professor Jefferson-Bullock was awarded the Living History Award in Phoenix, Arizona for excellence in jurisprudence. Professor Jefferson-Bullock is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Links, Inc., and Girl Friends, Inc. She also serves as a Diversity Ambassador at St. Edmund’s Academy and as Vice-President of the Parent-Teacher Association. She is a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, where is a Sunday School teacher. She and her husband, Torey, are parents of two boys.

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