2020-2021 Symposium

The Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal is please to present its 2020-2021 virtual symposium:

Does an Impartial Jury Exist? An Analysis of Implicit Bias in Jury Selection

This symposium will address the recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision of State v.
Holmes, 334 Conn. 202 (2019). This symposium will begin by discussing Connecticut jury
selection practices prior to the Holmes decision and how, if at all, the Holmes decision
endeavors to reduce implicitly biased preemptory challenges. Next, the symposium will
explore the wide-reaching impact of implicit bias in jury selection on our criminal justice
system; specifically, when considering democracy, equity, and justice.

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Friday, March 26, 2021


1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Introductory Remarks Eboni Nelson

Dean, University of Connecticut School of Law 


Amanda C. Farrish

Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal


Celena Stoia & Bianca LoGiurato

Symposium Editors, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal

1:15 PM – 2:10 PM Keynote Address Lauren McLane

Professor, University of Wyoming

2:10 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:00 PM – 3:35 PM State v. Holmes and Implicit Bias The Hon. Richard A. Robinson

Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court 


The Hon. Raheem L. Mullins

Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court 


Morgan Rueckert

Partner, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP


Richard J. Colangelo

Chief State’s Attorney



The Hon. Maria Kahn

Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court

3:35 PM – 3:40 PM Break
3:40 PM – 5:00 PM Widespread Implications of Biased Juries Wesley W. Horton

Partner, Horton, Dowd, Bartschi, & Levesque, LLP


Judge Douglas S. Lavine

Connecticut Appellate Court


Jane Gordon

Professor, University of Connecticut 



Jamelia Morgan

Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law

5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Closing Remarks Timothy Fisher

Dean Emeritus & Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law


Bianca LoGiurato & Celena Stoia