Lawyers promote restorative justice & therapeutic jurisprudence
Sep 17, 2010
While a lot of “lawyer dissing” goes on, some of it easily understandable, many lawyers and judges (who are also lawyers) should be recognized for promoting restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence.
Judge Gordon McConnell was instrumental in the first modern restorative justice case....Since 1974 and Judge McConnell’s support for a restorative solution, other judges have promoted these types of interventions in criminal cases including David Carruthers head of the New Zealand parole office; Barry Stuart a Canadian judge and co-author of the book Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community; Janine Geske from Wisconsin; Michael Town and Leslie Hayashi from Hawai’i, are all examples of judges who have promoted restorative justice.
Other lawyers who have furthered the restorative justice movement include Daniel Van Ness author of many publications; Mario Ottoboni who conceived of the idea of restorative prisons in Brazil; Sunny Schwartz author of Dreams of the Monster Factory; and Linda Mills New York University professor and author of many publications.
And it was two lawyers who became law professors, David Wexler and the late Bruce Winick, that co-founded therapeutic jurisprudence, which is the foundation for drug and specialty courts throughout the world. A bench book for courts by former Australian judge Michael King is available on line. J. Kim Wright a lawyer started the Cutting Edge Law website, which provides resources for people who envision a positive response to: “What if Lawyers were Peacemakers, Problem Solvers and Healers of Conflicts?”