Jay Kim

Jay is a co-founder of Common Law, a non-profit organization in Queens, NY that supports organizing efforts through legal education and legal assistance. Since co-founding Common Law in 2007, Jay has worked alongside street vendors to challenge harsh penalties against low-income vendors, represented tenants in the Lower East Side organizing against gentrification, and run an innovative and successful pro se legal clinic for homeowners fighting foreclosure. Jay co-authored “Common Law’s Lawyering Model:Transforming Individual Crises into Opportunities for Community Organizing,” in the CUNY Law Journal and “Courtrooms as Spaces for Activism” in the Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame’s academic blog Mobilizing Ideas.

She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from CUNY School of Law. Prior to Common Law, Jay was a teaching assistant in Minneapolis. Jay is an active member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, an anti-militarism group comprised of progressive Korean Americans and is a member of the Oral History Collective, which works to document the legacy and trauma of war on immigrant communities.

Victor Goode

Victor Goode, Associate Professor at City University of New York Law School, earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School. He has practiced in the areas of affirmative action, housing, and other civil rights issues. Before joining the Law School faculty, he served as Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, founded the Affirmative Action Coordinating Center, worked as part of the legal team that filed amicus briefs in three landmark affirmative action cases (Bakke, Weber, and Fullilove), and taught in the Urban Legal Studies Program at the City College of New York.

He has served continuously at the Law School since 1983-as Professor of Law and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs-except for two years as Visiting Professor at Columbia University Law School, where he taught in the Fair Housing Clinic and assisted in the introduction of computer-assisted course material for the Clinic. He has lectured widely on teaching professional skills and values, and has given Congressional testimony on police misconduct and racially-motivated violence. His many organizational affiliations have included the Society of American Law Teachers, the Northeast Regional BLSA Job Fair, and, most recently, the New York City Open Housing Center. He teaches a variety of first-year courses and has also taught Housing Discrimination Law, and a Race and the Law seminar.

Stuart Webb

Stuart Webb founded Collaborative Law in 1990, after becoming disillusioned with the acrimony and negativity traditionally associated with divorce. Since then, he has trained other lawyers in forty states and in Europe.  After practicing traditional civil law for eight years and family law for seventeen years, was approaching burnout.  Webb disliked the adversarial nature of his practice. He was finding it harder and harder to tolerate the schizophrenic nature of trial work and the incivility that seemed to be increasing. Webb didn’t like going to work in the morning. He was going to ditch his law practice unless he could come up with another way to continue his family practice.

Webb started thinking, and he came up with a model that would allow him to do the parts of his practice he liked and eliminate the rest. He worked with a lawyer he trusted in face- to-face meetings to achieve settlement for clients. But the model fell apart. The two lawyers had not thought about getting out when disputes were not resolved. Webb is currently retired and trains lawyers around the world in collaborative law.

Sina Choi

As a staff attorney at Housing Works, an organization that battles AIDS and homelessness, Sina Choi is on the frontlines assisting people living with HIV/AIDS. Choi, who joined Housing Works in June 2013, focuses on housing and benefits cases for her clients. She did similar work at CAMBA Legal Services in Brooklyn for a number of years representing low-income individuals. During the course of her work, Choi recalls eviction cases where housing was a focal point for clients‟ stability, even as they struggled with other issues. She received her J.D. at the City University of New York Law School and B.A. at Columbia University.

Doug Ammar

Doug Ammar has been associated with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since it began in 1986; first as a volunteer, then as a staff lawyer in 1990, and currently serves as the Executive Director.  He has served in that capacity since 1995.  Doug earned a Bachelor of History degree from Davidson College in 1984 and earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1989.

Doug’s professional awards and affiliations include:  Emory University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, the Milner S. Ball Working In the Public Interest Lifetime Achievement Award; the Thomas Moore Society Law Award (Atlanta);  the Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship; the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; Fulton County Daily Report’s Young Lawyer on the Rise Award; Omicron Delta Kappa Alumni inductee at Washington & Lee University; Emory Law School’s Public Interest Committee’s Inspiration Award; the University of Georgia’s Equal Justice Foundation’s Knox Award; the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Indigent Defense Award; Davidson College’s John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service; the Atlanta Catholic Social Services’ Award for Exemplary Service; the Davidson College Alumni Admissions Program Award; and the Georgia Indigent Defense Council’s Commitment to Excellence Award.

Doug has presented domestically and internationally on issues running the gamut from restorative justice to spirituality in law and politics.  Some of his speaking engagements include:  the Restorative Justice Conference, Ministry of Justice Israel; the Focolare Lawyers Conference in Rome, Italy; Meiiji University, Tokyo; the Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting, the Christian Legal Society’s Annual Meeting; Mercer University School of Law – Law Day Speaker; the Stein Center for Ethics at Fordham University Law School in New York; and the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council.

Of the many leadership positions that Doug has held, some of the most notable include:  the Outreach & Advocacy Center of Central Presbyterian Church (Board of Directors); the Middle East Travel Seminar (Lay Volunteer); the Stein Center for Ethics, Fordham University (Board of Directors); Washington & Lee University’s Shepherd’s Poverty Alliance (Board of Directors); and the Atlanta Reentry Mapping Network (Advisory Board, Emory University, Office of University-Community Partnership).

Jeanne Anselmo

Jeanne Anselmo, a Senior Fellow in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and Certified Holistic Nurse, cofounded  the Contemplative Urban Law Program at City University School of Law in 2001. There she continues to cultivate engaged mindfulness practice (mindfulness in action) and building community with the students and graduates, as well as guest teaching  the Contemplative Lawyering in  Social Justice course with Victor Goode.   Jeanne is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing; in 2011,  Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh,  authorized her as Dharmacharya (Teacher). Jeanne offers retreats for helping professionals, law students/lawyers and those interested in inter-contemplative dialogue in both the U.S. and Ireland.

Maria Arias

Honorable Maria Arias has been a Family Court Judge since January of 2010.  Prior to being a Family Court Judge, she taught and practiced law at CUNY School of Law in the Battered Women’s Legal Rights Clinic from 1990-2009.

Judge Arias began her legal career in East Harlem at Community Law Offices, Legal Aid Society and then worked for a small non- profit assisting tenants in becoming homeowners before joining the faculty at CUNY School of Law.  Judge Arias is a 1984 graduate of New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.

sujatha baliga

sujatha’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime.  The convergence of sujatha’s interest in Tibetan ideals of justice and her work with women and children who’ve suffered abuse drew her to law school.  After several years as an appellate public defender in New Mexico and New York City, sujatha relocated to California to work on capital cases.

In 2008, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which she used to begin a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County.  sujatha has served as a consultant to the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and has taught restorative justice at colleges and law schools. she is regularly invited to address groups of prisoners and restorative justice programs about her personal experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness.  A frequent guest lecturer at academic institutions and conferences, she has also testified before legislative bodies on proposed legislation impacting criminal and civil penalties for sexual assault and abuse. Today, sujatha is the director of the Restorative Justice Project at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she assists communities in implementing restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies.  sujatha is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Paragate Project, an organization dedicated to exploring forgiveness.

sujatha earned her A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has held federal clerkships with the Honorable William K. Sessions, III, Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and with the Honorable Martha Vázquez.  An emerging national voice in restorative justice, she was honored as Northeastern University Law School’s Daynard Fellow, and has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine.  sujatha’s personal and research interests include victims’ voices in restorative practices, the forgiveness of seemingly unforgivable acts, and Tibetan notions of justice.

sujatha lives in the Bay Area with her partner of 17 years, Jason, their son, Sathya, and their sweet dog, Django.

Ryan Dooley

After graduating from the George Washington University, Ryan served as an Americorps volunteer, a wild land fire fighter, and a teacher in Mexico before attending CUNY Law School. Upon graduation, Ryan served as a clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court and then with Catholic Charities Immigration Services, advocating on behalf of immigrant children in federal custody. Ryan returned to CUNY Law to teach in the Pipeline to Justice Program and work in Student Affairs. Ryan Dooley currently serves as Assistant Director to the Pipeline to

Peter Gabel

Peter Gabel is former president of New College of California and was for thirty years a law professor at New College’s public-interest law school. He is Editor-At-Large of Tikkun magazine, a co-founder of the Critical Legal Studies movement in legal scholarship, and the author of many articles on law, politics, and social change. He lives with his partner Lisa Jaicks, a union organizer with Unite Here, and their son, Sam, in San Francisco, and he is president of the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics in Santa Rosa, California.  He is the author of two books, The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning, and the recently released Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture.

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda V. Magee (J.D./M.A. Sociology), author of the article, Educating Lawyers to Meditate? 79 UMKC L. Rev. 535 (2011) (Lead Article), is a nationally-recognized thought and practice leader in the emerging fields of Contemplative Pedagogy and Contemplative Lawyering.  In a broad sense, she views her work as continuing the lineage began by her grandmother, the Reverend Nannie Suggs, who was called into the ministry in segregated North Carolina.

She is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she has been a full-time member of the faculty since 1998, and where she teaches Torts, Race, Law and Policy, and Contemplative Lawyering.   During fall semester 2014, she gained appointments as a Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she will be teaching a course on mindfulness and the practice of law.  Her writing and teaching is inspired by a commitment to education for effective problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse and ever-changing world, and to humanizing legal education.  Her work with students has been described by one observer as “a teaching ministry.”

Professor Magee recently served as Interim co-director of the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence.  She has published law review articles and essays in such publications as the Virginia Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  Among other service commitments, she was a founding member of the Executive Board of the AALS’s Section on Balance in Legal Education, is a founding member of its subsection on Mindfulness in Legal Education, and presently serves as President of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.  Before joining USF, Professor Magee was a civil litigation associate at a Chicago-based national law firm, primarily representing insurance industry clients in complex insurance coverage litigation.

Perry Saidman

Perry Saidman is a pioneer in the field of design law.  Having coined the genre over 25 years ago, he is today generally recognized as the leading advocate for design patent protection in the United States.  While representing the most design-forward companies in the world, he has authored numerous Amicus Curiae briefs before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, and has published and lectured widely.
 
Perry is a founding member of PISLAP, and currently serves on its Executive Committee as the CEO.  Perry’s passion is Restorative Justice, and as a native Washingtonian and member of the Advisory Council of the recently formed DC Restorative Practices Initiative (DCRPI), is dedicated to infusing RJ practices into Washington, DC schools.

Ngoc H. Nguyen Weiner

Ngoc is a holistic attorney, a mindfulness practitioner, and social entrepreneur committed to developing humanistic and innovative strategies in legal practice and in general. A daughter of refugees and native of Santa Ana, CA, Ngoc has dedicated her professional career to assisting low-income and marginalized people. For the past three years, Ngoc has spent her time running start-ups and discovering ways that technology and social enterprise values can expand legal services to underserved communities.

Most recently, Ngoc served as Chief Program Officer at Civic Legal Corps (CLC), a legal social enterprise fellowship program that empowers young attorneys to restore and expand access to justice for low- and moderate-income people. Prior to CLC, Ngoc worked as an attorney at a holistic general practice law firm based in Los Angeles, CA, where she provided accessible humanistic legal representation to low and moderate income people. She also has worked as a program and development manager at Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation (www.wgrw.org), an innovative nonprofit assisting at-risk youth and veterans with life stage development through Rites of Passage ceremonies; and is currently working with several nonprofits in different growth stages, including providing consulting on fundraising, program development, evaluation, and strategy.  She is a member of the Legal Hackers in New York City, an organizer of the YES! Law and Social Change Jam, and a board of advisor for the Restorative Justice Initiative.  She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA, and her B.A. in Political Science from the California State University, Long Beach, CA.

Nanette Schorr

Nanette Schorr is the supervising attorney of the education and family law units at Legal Services of New York’s Bronx office, where she has represented low income people in the borough of the Bronx since 1987. In addition to supervising the attorneys and paralegals in the units she supervises, she also represents clients, works with community organizations, and develops collaborative initiatives which address systemic problems that clients seeking legal services face. She also supervises the program’s social work practice, which serves to bring a more holistic approach towards client representation. Nanette was previously an adjunct teacher at Fordham Law School, where she taught classes for law and social work students working in legal settings in child welfare and domestic violence.

In addition to expressing her commitments as a practicing lawyer, Nanette has been involved in a variety of projects which have in common their commitment to social healing, and to bringing an ethic of care into our social institutions and the social fabric. Nanette has been deeply involved in the development of PISLAP since its inception as the Task Force on Law and Meaning in 1996. She does organizing work with the Network of Spiritual Progressives (spiritualprogressives.org). She has created programs on law and healing in New York City. She is deeply interested in the intersection between mediation, conflict resolution, human rights and social healing.

She has written for Tikkun magazine, and the Fordham Law Review, and has prepared a chapter for the upcoming book “Transforming Justice” that will feature many people presenting at this conference.

Mika Dashman

Mika Dashman is an attorney, mediator, and a restorative justice practitioner. She has spent more than six years providing direct legal services to indigent individuals at several New York City non-profits, including Housing Works, Inc., where she also worked on all aspects of the agency’s civil rights impact docket. Ms. Dashman is a New York State-certified mediator and she currently mediates criminal court cases and facilitates community conferences through the New York Peace Institute. Ms. Dashman is an active member of the Restorative Justice League of New York City, a broad network of practitioners and community members seeking to promote restorative justice as a viable, evidence-based alternative to the retributive justice system and to punitive discipline in schools. Ms. Dashman is also the founder of and Project Coordinator for the New York City Restorative Justice Resource Initiative. Ms. Dashman is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York School of Law.

Marjorie Silver

Marjorie Silver has an international reputation as a teacher, speaker and writer on emotional competence, psychological-mindedness, legal education, lawyering, and professionalism. She is a contributing author and the editor of The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a Healing Profession (Carolina Academic Press 2007). She is currently working on an anthology tentatively entitled Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law. She is a founding Board Member of the Center for Restorative Practices and sits on the Advisory Board of the Dave Nee Foundation, an organization with a mission to fight depression and prevent suicide among adolescents, young adults and law students. She was the 2011 chair of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education. Professor Silver has served as a Trustee of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust. She was the 2011 chair of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education. In 2010, Professor Silver was recognized by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Program which awarded her one of its five inaugural Law Student Wellness Awards. Professor Silver received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Lord III, EDPa.

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and a Professor of Law at the Drexel University School of Law.  She joined the faculty during the law school’s inaugural year to develop and oversee all of the experiential and public service aspects of the curriculum. Dean Brooks has spearheaded the development of numerous community partnerships where Drexel Law students receive intensive hands-on training and do pro bono work. She also teaches Family Law and has developed innovative courses focusing on holistic representation, professional formation, effective communication and relational skills, and access to justice. Dean Brooks received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1990, where she was awarded the Judge Aileen Haas Schwartz Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Children and Law. Prior to attending law school, she practiced social work in Chicago. Dean Brooks received an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago-School of Social Service Administration (SSA) in 1984, and earlier earned a B.A. from the same university. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and maintains her social work certification.

Jonathan Scharrer

Jonathan Scharrer is the Director of the Restorative Justice Project legal clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Frank J. Remington Center. One of his main roles with the Restorative Justice Project is as a facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in sensitive crimes and crimes of severe violence. As part of his work to foster the increased use of restorative practices as a means of conflict resolution, Jonathan has also facilitated a large number of community-building, peacemaking, and repairing harm circles in a wide array of community, school, and correctional settings. These circles have dealt with complex topics ranging from bullying, gangs, and racism to domestic disputes, criminal behavior, and the overarching issue of violence in our communities.

Jonathan has also developed and facilitated restorative justice programming for use in correctional institutions as both standalone and integrated components. Additionally, Jonathan is an experienced facilitator in the community conferencing model and trainer in restorative practices. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin Law School, Jonathan was engaged in the private practice of law and taught undergraduate courses on criminal procedure and juvenile justice as an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University. During this time, he also worked closely with Marquette University Law School’s Restorative Justice legal clinic, as well as the Restorative Justice Initiative, as a volunteer facilitator of victim-offender dialogues. While working as a volunteer with the Restorative Justice Initiative, he also created an instructional film produced by Marquette University on the theory and practice of restorative circle process facilitation.

J. Kim Wright

Kim has been a lawyer since 1989. The author of the American Bar Association best-seller and flagship book, Lawyers as Peacemakers, she was also named as an ABA Legal Rebel in 2009. Her upcoming book, Integrative Law, will be published by the ABA in 2015. She has worn a lot of hats in the legal movement including lawyer, mediator, restorative justice practitioner, collaborative lawyer, law professor, trainer, coach, connector, convenor, and author of many articles.

Fania Davis

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth’s Executive Director, Fania Davis, is an African-American woman, long-time social justice activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge.  Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, socialist, anti-imperialist, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1979, Fania practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer. During the late 1990’s, she entered a Ph.D. program in indigenous studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa. Fania has since taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco ‘s New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite University‘s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Founding Director of RJOY, Fania also serves as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award, the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in youth-based restorative justice, and World Trust’s Healing Justice award. Fania is also a mother, grandmother, dancer, and practitioner of yoga.