Though we had blind-grading in law school. I suspected my legal writing professor had it out for me, lol!
I have a research and writing assignment due to a senior partner at work soon, and undoubtedly I'll be working on my own time to make sure it's bullet-proof! My Dad always told me I'd have to work twice as hard to get half as far!
STUDY: Reviewers Find More Errors In Your Writing If They Think You’re Black
A new study by Nextions reveals that reviewers of a legal brief were likely to find more errors once they learned that the author was Black.
Based on findings from a previous study that revealed supervising
lawyers are more likely than not to perceive African-American writers as
having subpar writing skills when compared to their Caucasian
counterparts, the researchers attempted to confirm if they would
unfairly evaluate legal writing by Black lawyers.
The results were most unsurprising.
Nextions drafted a research memo from a fake third-year lawyer that
focused on the issue of trade secrets at Internet start-ups. The
researchers purposefully added 22 errors of varying degrees in the memo.
The same memo was then distributed to 60 law firm partners (53 returned
them for the study) at 22 law firms. The only difference was that one
half of the partners knew the author was Black and the other knew he or
she was White.
However, when the partners reviewed the memos, the racism followed.
The exact memo produced a score of 3.2/5.0 for the Black lawyer, but
4.1/5.0 for the White one. Here is some of the commentary the partners
One law firm researchers worked with evaluated its African-American
summer associates more harshly than their White counterparts, the study
found. The complete study is here, but it reveals that America has a long way to go in its efforts to exercise racial equality.
Edited by trudawg - Apr 27 2014 at 1:12am