Friday, February 17, 2012

Learn about restorative justice with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis at SXU

Panel discussion with legal experts on Feb. 28

Chicago (Feb. 17, 2012) Saint Xavier University will host a Restorative Justice Panel Discussion with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Pamela Leeming, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jean Prendergast Rooney, and SXU President and former esteemed Marquette University Law Professor Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., at 4 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 28. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W 103rd St.

The program will focus on how restorative justice can bring healing to victims and survivors as well as accountability to the perpetrator, and how the community benefits from the ripple effects of peace instead of discord and violence. Retired Cook County Circuit Court Judge and John Marshall Law School Adjunct Professor Sheila Murphy will serve as moderator. The program will end with an ancient Celtic peace prayer circle

Restorative justice focuses on the needs of victims as well as the community while also trying to reform offenders. Victims take an active role in the process, and offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions through things such as returning stolen money or community service.

This program is sponsored by SXU's Renaissance Academy, which highlighted Restorative Justice for an entire semester. Notable speakers on the topic included Cook County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Murphy Gorman, Chicago trial and appellate lawyer Mary Pat Benz, and many others.

For more information, please contact Karla Thomas at (773) 298-3937.


Media Contact:
Karla Thomas, Executive Director of Media Relations
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mary Jane Theis is a pro-abortion politician as is evidenced by her endorsement from Personal PAC. This is the second time this month that St. Xavier has had a pro-abortion activist on it's campus to speak. Who is responsible for inviting these individuals as speakers?

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