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Restorative Justice:Transforming Law from Within (LAWS806501)


School
Law School

Department
Law

Faculty
BARTHOLOMEW,MELISSA W  LICHINSKY, KAREN 

Term
Spring 2019

Maximum Size
12

Day / Time / Location
  • Friday
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. STUART HOUSE 410

Credits
03

Level
Graduate

Description
1L Elective
This course will train students to implement restorative justice principles in legal practice. Students will learn how to facilitate restorative justice circles & how to incorporate restorative justice into their daily lives. The course will be facilitated through an interdisciplinary framework which combines the head & heart with the aim of cultivating compassionate lawyers committed to transforming themselves & the justice system. We will identify practices which nurture & strengthen the inner life and the connection between the inner life & well-being of lawyers & the quality of legal practice. To transform the justice system through restorative justice, future lawyers must be committed to transforming themselves & their way of being in the world. We explore the roots of restorative justice, contemporary examples of its application in post-conflict settings in the US & the world, and examine its utility in addressing the pressing mass incarceration crisis, the current penal system & mode of punishment in the US. We will practice & apply Critical Race & Systems Theories to sharpen the students? ability to assess themselves, & their future clients, through a systems lens & to examine the impact of racism, sexism, gender discrimination & other systems of oppression on behavior & on the justice system. Three classes will take place at MCI Norfolk medium security prison on Sundays. Grades will be based upon attendance, participation, facilitation skills, & written assignments.

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Cross Listings

Course Index
2719

Frequency
Annually

Repeatable
No