How Judges, Juries, Arbitrators (and Lawyers) Make Decisions

Presented by the ADR/Arbitration Section

What Were They Thinking:

How Judges, Juries, Arbitrators (and Lawyers) Really Make Decisions

Date Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Program 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. 
MCLE 1 Hour of Elimination of Bias


Charles Ehrlich
Formerly a litigation partner at Pettit & Martin, Chuck Ehrlich joined the insurance industry in 1994. As General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Claims, Chuck was responsible for billions of dollars in claims in the US and abroad. With matters in jurisdictions ranging from the Superior Court of San Francisco to the commercial courts of Paris, Chuck developed a keen interest in how lawyers, clients, judges, and arbitrators actually make decisions. Chuck presently works as an expert in insurance cases and as an arbitrator. He is certified by the American Arbitration Association and ARIAS – US. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem of the Superior Court of California.

Studies of decision-making show surprising things: The outcome of your case may not turn on the law or the facts but on how likeable your client is; if something bad happened on your client’s watch, the burden of proof is not what the jury instructions say; a “good” case may fail without a good story. Unconscious biases critically affect the decisions of courts and arbitrators, as well as the decisions we make as lawyers. This program reviews key unconscious biases that affect decision making, examines scientific evidence and real world situations that illustrate how such biases can be outcome determinative, and discusses methods to recognize and neutralize those biases. Participants will gain a strong understanding of these issues that they will be able to apply on a daily basis. 


  • Unconscious mental biases that affect legal strategy and decision making.
  • How those unconscious biases can be outcome-determinative.
  • How to recognize and account for those biases in order to obtain, and make, better decisions as lawyers and adjudicators.

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Event Code: G204102


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 $35 Section Member
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 $65 Nonmember


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9/30/2020 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
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