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Are Ideal Litigators White? Measuring the Myth of Colorblindness


Jerry Kang


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Nilanjana Dasgupta


University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Psychology

Kumar Yogeeswaran


University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Gary Blasi


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law


Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 886-915, 2010

Abstract:     
This study examined whether explicit and implicit biases in favor of Whites and against Asian Americans would alter evaluation of a litigator''s deposition. We found evidence of both explicit bias as measured by self-reports, and implicit bias as measured by two Implicit Association Tests. In particular, explicit stereotypes that the ideal litigator was White predicted worse evaluation of the Asian American litigator (out group derogation); by contrast, implicit stereotypes predicted preferential evaluation of the White litigator (in group favoritism). In sum, participants were not colorblind, at least implicitly, toward even a "model minority", and these biases produced racial discrimination. This study provides further evidence of the predictive and ecological validity of the Implicit Association Test in a legal domain.

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Date posted: January 3, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Kang, Jerry and Dasgupta, Nilanjana and Yogeeswaran, Kumar and Blasi, Gary, Are Ideal Litigators White? Measuring the Myth of Colorblindness. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 886-915, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1733794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-1461.2010.01199.x

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Jerry Kang
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
310-206-7298 (Phone)
310-206-7010 (Fax)
Nilanjana Dasgupta
University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Psychology ( email )
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Kumar Yogeeswaran
University of Massachusetts at Amherst ( email )
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Gary L. Blasi
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
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