Judicial Emotions: Risks and Resources

July 25, 2023
12:00pm (PT)
75 minutes

Competence Issues CLE Available

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as Judge Kevin Burke interviews judicial emotion expert Professor Kathy Mack about the place of emotion in everyday judicial work. The risks of emotion for judging are well known: emotion can be regarded as irrational, unpredictable, stressful and inconsistent with impartiality. Research reveals ways emotions, even anger, can be a valuable resource for judges. We draw on judicial experience and insights from psychology and sociology to show how emotion, and humour, can be used to make the courtroom a more positive experience for judges and court participants alike. Hear from our experts and share your questions and experiences.