Course Description

A detailed discussion of concepts and issues related to racial disparity from the perspective of the legal profession.   Topics include:

  • Implicit Bias
  • Racial Anxiety
  • Research Findings
  • Consequences
  • Interventions

This course includes video recorded from a live Zoom conference for the Washington County Bar Association's 2020 Virtual Summer Bench Bar.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

2.0 PA Ethics CLE credits

This course contains approximately 120 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Professor David Harris

    Professor David Harris

    Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair Professor of Law
    University of Pittsburgh School of Law

    David Harris studies, writes and teaches about police behavior, law enforcement and race, and politicing and immigration, search and seizure law, and national security issues and the law. Professor Harris is the leading national authority on racial profiling. His 2002 book, Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work, and his scholarly articles in the field of traffic stops of minority motorists and stops and frisks, influenced the national debate on profiling and related topics. His work led to federal efforts to address the practice and to legislation and voluntary efforts in over half the states and hundreds of police departments. He has testified multiple times in the U.S. Congress and before many state legislative bodies on profiling and related issues. His other books include Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing (2005), and Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science (2012). He gives talks and does professional training for law enforcement, judges, and attorneys throughout the country, and presents his work regularly in academic conferences.

    Professor Harris is the creator and host of the Criminal Injustice podcast, the only broadcast or podcast show for general audiences fully dedicated to the discussion of the many pressing issues in the criminal justice system. The show features Professor Harris’s interviews with the most compelling and important police chiefs, judges, prosecutors, writers, policy wonks and advocates working in criminal justice today, and it also includes news and other bonus features. Now in its fifth season, Criminal Injustice includes more than 80 full episodes, and numerous other segments. It reaches tens of thousands of listeners every month in every state and around the world.

    Professor Harris also writes and comments frequently in the media on police practices, racial profiling, and other criminal justice and national security issues. He has appeared on The Today Show, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. In 1996, Professor Harris served as a member of the Civil Liberties Advisory Board to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Professor Harris received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Pitt Law in 2009. In 2015, he received the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service, for his work building bridges between police and the communities they serve in Pittsburgh and around the country. Professor received the Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar Award and the Distinguished Public Interest Professor of the Year Award, both in 2015, and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award in 2012.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Racial Disparity Course Materials
    • IAT Test and Profiling by Proxy video links
    • Racial Disparity Part One
    • Racial Disparity Part Two
    • Racial Disparity Part Three
    • Racial Disparity Part Four
    • Course Evaluation (Required)