For The Record

Photograph by Kim Lee Schmidt

In a course taught by Professor Doron Samuel-Siegel at Richmond Law, students explore the emerging field of restorative justice. At Richmond Law’s Public Interest Law Review Symposium in October, attendees explored the same concept.

Johonna Turner, co-director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice and professor at Eastern Mennonite University, offered the keynote address. Professor Tara Casey moderated a panel with two formerly incarcerated individuals who have used restorative justice concepts to help transform their lives.

Jackie Cipolla, L’20, PILR symposium editor, was “thrilled” by the high level of interest in the topic, demonstrated by the 150-person waitlist for the event.

“One thing I struggled with is [that] restorative justice definitely can be more of a sociology or criminal justice reform type of topic as opposed to a legal topic,” she said. “I was excited to learn there were so many people in the legal community who wanted to speak on this topic and to talk about how restorative justice is implemented in the criminal justice system.”