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Restorative Justice in Criminal Practice

Originally aired on June 25, 2021

The Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, and Government Lawyer Sections of The Florida Bar, along with the Florida Restorative Justice Association, proudly present Restorative Justice in Criminal Practice — a program intended to open hearts and minds and inspire transformational change in how we resolve criminal cases.

In this afternoon of frank discussions, some of the country’s foremost restorative justice scholars, judges, and practitioners, alongside a stunningly personal case study, will define the concept of restorative justice, exploring its theory, origin, and various models, and consider the application of restorative justice practices in our criminal justice system.

Friday, June 25, 2021
1:00pm – 4:00pm
A virtual CLE presentation via Zoom

1:00pm -1:05pm
H. Scott Fingerhut
FlU College of Law and H. Scott Fingerhut, P.A., Miami, Program Co-Chair
1:05pm -1:55pm
An Introduction to Restorative Justice
This panel will define the concept of restorative justice and explore its theory and origins. The panel will then discuss how restorative justice works — its efficacy — describing various models of applying restorative justice in the criminal justice system.
Edith Georgi,
St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens
Donna Coker,
University of Miami School of Law, Miami
Justice Janine Geske (ret.),
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aparna Polavarapu,
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
1:55pm -2:05pm
Break and Breakout Room for Q&A with the Panelists
2:05pm – 2:55pm
A Case Study
Kelly McGrath
Kelly McGrath Law, Tallahassee
Kate and Andy Grosmaire
Julie and Michael McBride
2:55pm – 3:05pm
Break and Breakout Room for Q&A with the Panelists
3:05pm – 3:55pm
Restorative Justice in Criminal Practice
This panel will discuss practical considerations in applying restorative justice practices to criminal cases.
H. Scott Fingerhut
Michael Becker
Assistant State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit, Gainesville
Robert Burrs
Executive Director, Conflict Solutions Center of Santa Barbara County, California
Dean Galigani
Gailgani Law Firm, Gainesville
Hon. Steve Leifman
County Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
3:55pm – 4:00pm
Program Close
H. Scott Fingerhut

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