Anna Roberts

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Please describe any professional and extra-curricular activities in which you are engaged that are related to social justice. Such activities can encompass a wide range: examples include service on non-profit bodies or on commissions, pro-bono representation, fact-finding, and other professional and extra-curricular activities.

  • Member of ACLU-led task force investigating reform to Washington's peremptory challenge system.
  • Invited speaker on implicit bias in the courtroom at American Judges' Association annual conference (October 2014, Las Vegas).
  • Invited to collaborate with King County Superior Court judges on the possible inclusion of information on implicit bias in juror orientation material.

Please describe any scholarly projects in which you have or are engaged that involve social justice.

All of my scholarly work is driven by the aim of tackling bias, particularly racial bias, in the criminal justice system. Individual projects have included:

  • Disparately Seeking Jurors: Disparate Impact and the (Mis)Use of Batson, 45 U.C. Davis. L. Rev. 1359 (2012) (pointing out ways in which disparate impact in the use of peremptory challenges is scrutinized more closely when Caucasian jurors are excluded from juries than when the excluded jurors are people of color).
  • (Re)Forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias, 44 Conn. L. Rev. 827 (2012).
  • Casual Ostracism: Juror Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions, 98 Minn. L. Rev. 592 (2013).
  • Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction, 55 B.C. L. Rev. (forthcoming Mar. 2014)

For more information, please visit Professor Roberts' Faculty Profile Page.