Written in Black and White: Exploring Confirmation Bias in Racialized Perceptions of Writing Skills

Arin N. Reeves
April 2014

Given our finding in a previous study that supervising lawyers are more likely than not to perceive African American lawyers as having subpar writing skills in comparison to their Caucasian counterparts, we asked if confirmation bias unconsciously causes supervising lawyers to more negatively evaluate legal writing by an African American lawyer.

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