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    03.01.13 Symposium: The Impact of Cognitive Bias on Persuasion and Writing Strategies

    Friday, March 1
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Subotnick Center
    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn

    Co-Sponsors
    BLS Legal Writing Program
    Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition
    Journal of Law and Policy

    About the Symposium
    Research into the psychology of decision-making has demonstrated that when people are called upon to process complex and ambiguous information, they rely on mental shortcuts to ease the cognitive burden of these tasks. Such heuristics and biases, as they are called, sometimes lead to faulty judgments because they are naturalistic and intuitive (involving, for example, “gut instincts” and personal experience), and prone to error more than are analytical judgments based on careful consideration and logical processing of the information presented.

    The legal profession has explored the role of cognitive bias in many domains, ranging from their contributions to jury-based and judiciary decision-making to their influence on negotiation. This symposium refocuses the discussion by looking at the function and role of cognitive bias in legal writing and explores both the persuasive power and the related ethical challenges of cognitive bias in this realm, with an emphasis on improving legal writing and legal writing strategy.

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    Participants
    Linda L. Berger
    Family Foundation Professor of Law
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    William S. Boyd School of Law

    Elizabeth Fajans
    Associate Professor of Legal Writing
    Brooklyn Law School

    Michael J. Higdon
    Director of Legal Writing and Associate Professor of Law
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law

    Daniel S. Medwed
    Professor of Law
    Northeastern University School of Law

    Bret A. Rappaport
    Partner
    Hardt, Stern & Kayne, P.C.
    English Professor, Dominican University

    Michael R. Smith
    Director, Legal Writing Program;
    Director, Center for the Study of Written Advocacy;
    Professor of Law
    University of Wyoming College of Law

    Lawrence Solan
    Director, Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition;
    Don Forchelli Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Kathryn M. Stanchi
    Professor of Law
    Temple University Beasley School of Law

    Marilyn Walter
    Director, Legal Writing Program;
    Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

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