37 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2009 Last revised: 30 Jun 2010
Date Written: July 31, 2009
This study examined whether explicit and implicit biases in favor of Whites and against Asian Americans would alter mock jurors' 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 (outgroup derogation); by contrast, implicit stereotypes predicted preferential evaluation of the White litigator (ingroup favoritism). In sum, participants were not colorblind, at least implicitly, towards 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.
Keywords: implicit bias, IAT, Asian Americans, implicit association test, predictive validity, lawyers, litigators, depositions, colorblindness, discrimination, jurors
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kang, Jerry and Dasgupta, Nilanjana and Yogeeswaran, Kumar and Blasi, Gary, Are Ideal Litigators White? Measuring the Myth of Colorblindness (July 31, 2009). UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-24; CELS 2009 4th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1442119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1442119