ADR Section: Neuro-Science of Decision Making & Implicit Bias

When:  Feb 15, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (ET)

This program is open only to ADR Section members
Registration for this event is now full.

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Afterglow 6:00-7:00 p.m.

The ADR Section is proud to announce a complimentary new program featuring one of the country’s leading lawyers, thinkers, researchers, and presenters on the subject of how implicit bias we may not even be aware of affects how we make decisions and form opinions. When we serve as ADR providers, represent and advise clients, develop legal analyses and recommend conflict resolutions our brain reactions may impact and conflict with our conscious goals to be methodical, deliberative and fair.

In this highly interactive seminar, we will explore emerging research in the neuroscience of implicit bias and how it affects decision-making in the legal process. Brain imaging and decision-making studies will be used to explain how we decide who should win and who should lose when we arbitrate, what risks lie ahead if a conflict does not settle when we mediate, what is the optimal analysis of a conflict, and how to best represent clients at the table. The seminar will pinpoint the areas where discretion is utilized and where decisions can be affected by unconscious thoughts. The program will review how brain reactions and unconscious processes can affect analysis, behavior and conclusions. It will focus on fairness guided by science.

Our special guest is Kimberly Papillon, a nationally recognized expert on the subject of decision-making in law, medicine and business. Ms. Papillon is a regular member of the faculty at the National Judicial College. She has presented and lectured for Kaiser Permanente, Michigan State University School of Medicine, the Labor and Employment Law Sections of various bar associations, including Michigan, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. She has lectured to trial court, appellate court and supreme court judges in over 20 states and 4 countries, private attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders and police officers. To learn more about Kimberly Papillon, visit

Following the program, please join us from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a complimentary Afterglow, sponsored by Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone. Registration for a Kimberly Papillon program can cost hundreds of dollars. This program is free thanks to grants from the ADR Section of the State Bar, The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone.

The ADR Section offers special thanks to Danielle Potter, chair of the ADR Section’s Diversity Task Force; Phyllis Crocker, dean, Detroit Mercy Law; and Michelle Crockett, of Miller Canfield for making this program possible.

Event sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan ADR Section, Detroit Mercy Law, and Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone​​.



University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Room 145
651 E Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226


Mary Anne Parks
(248) 895-6400