Law School to host Restorative Justice Conference, Nov. 9-12

The Law School will host its annual Restorative Justice virtually this year in a four-part series the week of Monday. Nov. 9.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Making It Personal.” Participants will be invited to reflect on how restorative justice can make a difference to each of us personally, how we understand restorative justice and how can we make its practices part of our everyday lives. 

Sessions include:

Interview with the Honorable Janine Geske (ret.) | Monday, Nov. 9, at 12:15 p.m.
The honorable Janine Geske will discuss the roots of restorative justice, the spirituality of the healing circle and lessons she has learned throughout her many years of restorative justice work

Learn more and register.

A discussion on healing journeys using restorative justice | Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 12:15 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Janine Geske. Guest speakers include

  • Ron Edwards, officer with the Milwaukee Police Department and an advocate for formerly incarcerated people
  • Penny Beernsten, trauma survivor (was part of the popular Netflix docuseries, “Making A Murderer”)

Learn more and register.

A series of vignettes | Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 12:15 p.m.
Watch a series of vignettes from people showing how to use restorative justice practices in everyday life situations, including divorce, estates/wills, politics and COVID-19,

Reverend Daniel Griffith will then talk about how you can make restorative justice work in your life.

Reverend Griffith is pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes. He’s also the Wenger Family Fellow of Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law and a liaison for restorative justice and healing.  

Live Q&A with Justice Geske and Reverend Daniel Griffith | Thursday, Nov. 12, at 12:15 p.m.
Justice Geske and Reverend Griffith will answer questions live via Microsoft Teams. Register to receive the Teams link.

Submit questions or comments in advance, The video will be posted online after the live event. 

Learn more about past Restorative Justice Initiative conferences.