Friday, May 2, 2014

Partners in study gave a lower rating on a legal memo when told author wasn’t white

In an " experiment was conducted by leadership consulting firm Nextion, according to the Forbes blog She Negotiates. Above the Law commented on the findings". . . .
The reviewers gave [a legal] memo supposedly written by a white man a rating of 4.1 out of 5, while they gave the memo supposedly written by a black man a rating of 3.2 out of 5. The white Thomas Meyer was praised for his potential and good analytical skills, while the black Thomas Meyer was criticized as average at best and needing a lot of work.

Reviewers found an average of 2.9 out of seven spelling and grammar errors in the memo by the white Thomas Meyer and 5.8 out of seven errors in the memo by the African-American Thomas Meyer. Fewer technical writing and factual errors were also found in the memo by the supposedly white writer, though the disparity wasn't as great. More.

Originally posted  Apr 21, 2014 7:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
on ABA Journal Law News

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