Sunday, September 29, 2019
Los Angeles Times, California May Soon Push Doctors and Lawyers to Confront Their Biases:
Doctors, nurses, lawyers and court workers in California may soon be asked to confront their prejudices under a trio of legislative proposals that are headed to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The Legislature passed the final bill on Thursday, one of two approved this week that would mandate implicit bias training as a continuing education requirement for many medical professionals and court workers.
Summary. Requires the State Bar to establish a curriculum for all attorneys on the implicit bias against certain protected groups that is common in society, and authorizes the Judicial Council to develop training for all judges, subordinate judicial officers, trial court managers, supervisors, and other court staff who routinely interact with the public on implicit bias.
- Requires the State Bar to adopt regulations as of January 1, 2022 for the continuing mandatory legal education (MCLE) curriculum for all licensees to include training on implicit bias and bias-reducing strategies to address how unintended biases regarding race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics undermine confidence in the legal system.
Bloomberg Law, Implicit Bias Training May Be Required for Calif. Judges, Lawyers