Destiny Peery

Destiny Peery

Destiny Peery is a social psychologist and legal scholar who specializes in the study of identity, bias and discrimination, diversity, equity and inclusion, including their intersections with the law and in spaces within the legal profession.

Destiny has taught at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Duke University School of Law. As a professor, she has been recognized multiple times by her students for her service to the law school community and her teaching, including being awarded Northwestern Law’s top teaching honor in 2019. As a research scholar, she has 15+ years conducting experimental, survey, and other research on topics including social categorization and perception (i.e., how people see and categorize others) and stereotyping, bias and discrimination, including how people reconcile legal conceptions with evolving social conceptions of these concepts.

Destiny has extensive experience facilitating workshops on cognitive and implicit biases and diversity and inclusion-related topics across the legal profession and other professional communities, including human resources, higher education, the medical profession, and law enforcement. She has been recognized by workshop participants for her approachable, compassionate style that encourages engagement with often challenging topics. She works most often with lawyers, from law firms to government to public interest, and judges from state and federal courts.

As a research consultant, Destiny has served as a primary investigator for research on diversity in the legal profession for the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). In this role, she has led the design process for surveys and research studies, collected and analyzed data, and produced research reports on the findings for the organizations. She has also served as an expert in legal cases, producing reports and testimony aimed at introducing courts to the social science of bias and stereotyping and encouraging application of it in cases involving alleged discrimination.

Destiny holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and a J.D. from Northwestern University.

Research on the Legal Profession

Selected Academic Publications

Destiny’s talks, workshops and other presentations include:

Anti-Discrimination Law; Stereotyping, Discrimination and Prejudice

  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Employment Law Institute (Jan 2019)
  • University of Illinois Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (Feb 2018)
  • American Bar Foundation, Research Series (Mar 2017)
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Faculty Workshop (Mar 2017)
  • Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research, Speaker Series (Feb 2017)
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Faculty Workshop (Nov 2016)
  • Duke University Law School, Law, Economics, and Politics Seminar (Nov 2016)
  • Duke University Law School, Culp Colloquium (May 2016)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Law, Economics and Psychology Seminar (Mar 2016)
  • John Marshall Law School, Faculty Scholarship Roundtable Series (Feb 2016)

Cognitive & Implicit Biases, Decisionmaking

  • National Organization of Bar Counsel, Mid-Year Meeting (Feb 2020)
  • ABA Commission on Interest Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA), Mid-Year Meeting (Feb 2020)
  • Village of Arlington Heights (IL)/Illinois Commission on Diversity & Human Relations (Dec 2019)
  • Porter Hedges LLP (Nov 2019)
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (Sept 2019)
  • NAACP LDF/NYU Law Symposium on Race & Ethnicity for Defense Lawyers (Sept 2018, 2019)
  • Cook County (IL) Public Defender (Aug 2019)
  • Cook County (IL) State’s Attorney (June 2019)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Committee for Professional Responsibility (Jan 2019)
  • Black Women Lawyer Association, Annual Meeting (Mar 2017)
  • Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Law Enforcement Training (Apr, Aug, Oct 2016)
  • Chicago Foundation of Women (Oct 2016)
  • Northwestern University Police Department (Aug 2016)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting (May 2016)
  • Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic (Feb 2016)
  • Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights/Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Oct 2015)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Leadership Academy (Feb 2020)
  • Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (Dec 2019)
  • Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion Institute (Dec 2018, 2019)