More Sessions Added for Free Training on Unconscious Decision-Making

Updated November 20, 2020

Due to overwhelming demand, the State Bar of Michigan has added another round of sessions to an upcoming virtual training series on how unconscious processes may affect individuals’ decision-making and the wider legal system. All Michigan attorneys are invited to attend, via Zoom, a three-part training series with Kimberly Papillon, an internationally renowned judicial professor and lecturer on neuroscience and fair decision-making in law, medicine, education and business. The series is being offered free of charge thanks to co-sponsorship by General Motors Legal Staff.  

In her series on the neuroscience of decision-making in the justice system, Papillon explores how brain imaging and decision-making studies can explain how we determine intelligence, veracity, threat, and competence. With this understanding, participants can work to identify ways to ensure sound decision-making and fairness guided by science. SBM has organized previous well-received sessions for lawyers, judges, bar leaders, and staff, and on the basis of the enthusiastic reviews, is pleased to be offering these sessions to a wider, albeit virtual, audience. 

Register here today to save your spot at our newly added sessions. This is a training series of three sessions, each participant is encouraged to attend all three sessions. Even if you’ve attended one of Papillon’s sessions before, through SBM or your employer, there’s still plenty of work to be done and we encourage you to attend Parts Two and Three. 

  • Part One: Friday, December 4 at 2:45 p.m. This introductory session is designed for anyone who hasn’t already participated in one of Papillon’s lectures.  
  • Part Two: Friday, December 11 at 2:45 p.m.  This session will dive deeper into the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in decision-making. Whether you attended Part One in our series, or through your employer, you are welcome to attend. 
  • Part Three: Friday, December 18 at 2:45 p.m. The final session will focus on moving forward and working toward solutions to the problems identified in Parts One and Two. 

Each session is expected to last about two hours. The original sessions, which are scheduled for 12 p.m. on the same days listed above, are at capacity and participants who signed up for those will receive an email with more information closer to the date of the event.