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Cardozo Committee


Joshua Borger
Virginia Hess

David S. Hoffman

Hon. Jamie Jacobs-May (Ret.)

Oh,  The Thinks You Can Think!:  Neuroscience, Psychology and Social Persuasion

Speaker: Hon. Jamie Jacobs-May (Ret.)


DATE: Thursday, March 22

TIME: 12 Noon - 1:30 pm

PLACE: Berliner Cohen, 4th Floor Club Ten Conference Center, 10 Almaden Blvd., San Jose

REGISTRATION: $20/person - includes lunch


How do our emotions and subconscious beliefs impact our ability to be objective?  In this program, Judge Jacobs-May will uncover the unconscious processes and cognitive biases that affect decision-making and cause us to make errors in evaluating options. We will explore how these hidden biases can affect how we negotiate differences with others and discover ways to overcome these decision-making blunders.  


Having handled thousands of cases over more than 26 years as a judge and a full-time neutral, Hon. Jamie Jacobs-May (Ret.) has developed a reputation for being adept at closing cases by achieving settlement. She is described by clients as trustworthy, persistent, and a quick study, and they appreciate her emotional intelligence and ability to develop excellent rapport with the parties. She understands how emotions impact decision-making and how to transcend barriers to facilitate resolution. Judge Jacobs-May appreciates the value of humor in enabling creativity and problem-solving and in helping to manage difficult situations.


Judge Jacobs-May has extensive experience in a variety of complex practice areas, including business and contract matters, class actions, employment, wage and hour disputes, probate, professional liability, and personal injury.  She is a sought-after speaker, teaching nationally and internationally on topics such as negotiations and mediation skills.


Judge Jacobs-May earned her AB at the University of California, Berkeley, and her JD at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law).