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The Role of Empathy in Judicial Decision Making

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Registration for this course is now closed.

Intended Audience:

Public Sector/Non-Profit attorneys may attend for $25. Register on-line as "Law Office Staff." A business card will be required at registration to confirm status.

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Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium

Course ID: C05022013

Number of Sessions: 1

Credits: 3 NJ Credits: 1 Ethics; 2 General
3 NY Credits: 1 Ethics; 2 PP; Transitional and Non-transitional

Course Description:

Join a panel of judges, former judges and ethicists as they explore such issues as:

  • What is empathy?
  • Do judges actually use empathy in their roles as decision makers? what is the anecdotal evidence? What is the empirical evidence?
  • Are there particular areas of the law that call for empathy in judicial decision making?
  • Is there a role for empathy in sentencing?
  • Is there a role for empathy in child custody decisions?
  • Are there ethical considerations that either restrict or require a judge to beĀ anĀ empathetic decision maker?
  • Should empathy always yield to the rule of law?


Program Co-sponsor: NYCLA's Judicial Section

Program Chair & Moderator: Hon. Judith Gische, App.Div., 1st Dept.

Faculty: Hon. Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit; Hon. La Tia MartinNYS Sup. Ct. and Supervising Justice of Matrimonial Matters, Bronx County;  Michael S.
Ross, Esq
.; Prof. Maya Sen, University of Rochester; Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin, former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Dept. and currently at  Alston & Bird, LLP


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