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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Seattle University School of Law

Seattle University Law Review

2011

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Race Bias And The Importance Of Consciousness For Criminal Defense Attorneys, Andrea D. Lyon Apr 2011

Race Bias And The Importance Of Consciousness For Criminal Defense Attorneys, Andrea D. Lyon

Seattle University Law Review

This Article will begin with a discussion of race bias and will examine who in the criminal justice system has such biases. These concepts will provide a backdrop to the next Part, where I will turn to an analysis about the need for criminal defense lawyers to be conscious of race bias. I focus on two specific circumstances in which awareness of one’s own racial bias is imperative: interacting with clients and voir dire. But first, we must come to an understanding about the nature of race bias itself.