Presented by the ADR/Arbitration Section
What Were They Thinking:
How Judges, Juries, Arbitrators (and Lawyers) Really Make Decisions
||Wednesday, September 30, 2020
||4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
||1 Hour of Elimination of Bias
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
- 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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