CLE: Journey into the Mind: Science of Implicit Bias and Law

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 PM
Law Center
Event Type
College of Law
Maureen Dwyer


Wednesday, October 25 – 6:00 p.m.

The University of Toledo College of Law McQuade Law Auditorium


U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett –

“Journey into the Mind: Science of Implicit Bias and Law”


Mark W. Bennett, a senior judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, is a nationally recognized expert, scholar, empirical researcher, and educator on implicit bias. He is a founding member of the National Implicit Bias Network and has trained more than 1500 state and federal judges on implicit bias.


In 2009, with the assistance of nationally recognized cognitive psychologist experts, Judge Bennett was the first judge in the nation to develop and use an implicit bias jury instruction. His groundbreaking research includes an empirical study of implicit bias in sentencing by state and federal judges, the effect of Afrocentric facial feature and skin tone bias in the criminal justice system, as well as the effect of gender implicit bias in the evaluation and award of emotional distress damages in civil cases.


Free CLE Available!


The lecture is free and open to the public. It has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 total CLE hours instruction. There is no cost for the CLE credit, but please email and indicate your intention to attend and seek CLE credit.


Reception & Parking


You are invited to attend a reception in Judge Bennett’s honor in the Law Center’s Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Student Lounge immediately following the lecture. If you plan to attend, please email


Parking will be available at the Law Center.

Lecture Location
McQuade Auditorium 6:00-7:00pm
Reception Location
SLK Lounge 7:00-8:00pm

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