Marquette Law School to host 2018 restorative justice conference

Nov. 5, 2018

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University Law School will host the 2018 Restorative Justice Initiative Conference on Friday, Nov. 9 in the Lubar Center at Marquette University Law School's Eckstein Hall.

With a theme of "The Power of Restorative Justice in Healing Trauma in Our Community," this conference will explore how trauma impacts our community, looking through the lenses of victims, law enforcement and those working in the criminal justice system. The conference will include a premiere showing of a one-hour film, "Torn by Trauma: Restoring Community One Life at a Time," which focuses on a healing circle featuring law enforcement and community members. A series of panel discussions with comments and reflections will follow the film.

The conference is organized by Janine Geske, a Retired Distinguished Professor of Law and member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees. Geske, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, established the Law School's Restorative Justice Initiative in 2004 to help support victims and communities in the process of healing from the effects of crime. In this conference, Geske and a series of panel guests will consider how the techniques and practices of restorative justice can be used as a pathway to healing for all involved, both in the community and in the criminal justice system.

The event is at capacity for members of the general public; registration for a waiting list is available online. Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Abby Cole in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-6195 or

Through public programs such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Mike Gousha's "On the Issues" conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region's leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

About Abby Cole

Anne Broeker

Abby is a communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Abby at (414) 288-6195 or