The Restorative Justice Project

Restorative justice is harmony among people, restored after a time of discord.

– Michael P. Seng

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice is both an end and a means to achieving a harmonious society. And where harmony cannot be restored because it has never been, restorative justice is a tool for discovering that harmony can exist in the community. Restorative justice techniques work on a personal level, as well as societal level.

The Restorative Justice Project

The Restorative Justice Project (RJP) trains law students in restorative justice techniques, so that they become better lawyers. Students evaluate existing case law and statutes in light of restorative justice principles. Judges, attorneys, and other peacemakers offer their perspectives. The students go to the community where they observe court proceedings and visit a jail or prison so they can compare retributive to restorative justice approaches in actual practice. The students then put what they have learned and observed into effect by working with high school and elementary students in a neighborhood school environment.

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Restorative Justice (JD 185, 3 Credits)

In Restorative Justice (JD 185, 3 Credits), students will discuss the basic concept of restorative justice and how it can be applied in specific areas of the law, including the treatment of persons who have been convicted of crimes, the mentally ill, drug and alcohol abusers, and juvenile offenders. Students will learn effective techniques on how to interview and counsel both victims and perpetrators. When appropriate, outside lecturers will be invited to discuss particular areas requiring specialized knowledge and skill. Restorative Justice is taught by Professor Michael P. Seng and Hon. Sheila Murphy (Ret.).

Program Directors

Michael P. Seng
Co-Director,
Restorative Justice Project

Email: 7seng@jmls.edu
Phone: 312.987.1446

Hon. Sheila Murphy (Ret.)
Co-Director,
Restorative Justice Project

Email: smurphy@jmls.edu
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 689

Our Thanks

We're grateful to the Illinios Bar Foundation for awarding us a grant to produce a video to be used for training law students, lawyers, and judges throughout Illinois. In addition to benefiting law students, the bar, and the bench, this grant will bring restorative justice to the people of Illinois, including children who richly deserve it.