The full agenda can be found here.

Following are links to videos of the keynotes and plenary sessions.

Opening Keynotes: History and Mission of the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics  (PISLAP)  

The history and mission of PISLAP will be the focus of our opening keynote addresses, along with an introduction to PISLAP’s four “pillars” that will be explored during the conference.

Nanette Schorr, co-founder PISLAP;  Peter Gabel, co-founder PISLAP

Legal Education:   Rebuilding the Curriculum  

How do the most basic doctrinal concepts and methods of legal analysis—the traditional focus of each lawyer’s education—manifest the idea of humans as separate, alienated beings? And how, as doctrinal professors and clinicians, can we help our students explore healing interventions that create spiritually meaningful human connection and link the achievement of that connection with doing justice?

Susan Brooks, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law;  Chaumtoli Huq, Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law;  Peter Gabel, Editor-at-Large, Tikkun magazine, Professor of Law, John F. Kennedy Law School, Professor of Social-spiritual Activism, Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley.  


Restorative, Transformative, and Community Accountability Responses to Sexual Harm 

A panel examining a variety of alternative approaches to address and respond to sexual harm in our world. Panelists will also discuss the benefits and unique hurdles each must address to operate within communities and on college campuses.  

Gretchen Casey, Director of Restorative Justice Training, Outreach, and Advocacy, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding; Jonathan Scharrer, Director of the Restorative Justice Project, University of Wisconsin Law School; Jordan Draper, Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, College of New Jersey; Mary Koss, Professor of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Gender and Women’s Studies


Keynote Speaker:  Fania E. Davis

Fania is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. She founded and directed Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) in Oakland CA.

Transforming Law Practice:  Bringing a Spiritual Dimension to Practice in Diverse Settings  

One of PISLAP's aims is to transform law practice away from its exclusively analytical focus on vindicating rights and toward fostering deeper engagement with clients while pursuing remedies that have transformative potential. This plenary will explore ways of accomplishing this shift in a variety of legal contexts-- as judges in court, in the delivery of legal service, in legal representation of immigrants at the border during the current time of crisis, and while advocating as lawyers in a civil rights context.

Nanette Schorr, Co-founder, PISLAP, legal services attorney;  Hon. Bruce Peterson Hennepin County Minnesota District Court Judge; Ross Brockway, Equal Justice Fellow, The Georgia Justice Project;  Eddie Hailes, Jr., Managing Director and General Counsel, the Advancement Project


Keynote Speaker:  Jamie Raskin

Jamie is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, and a law professor at AU.


Restorative Justice, Racial Harm, and Healing 

This plenary will explore the expanding restorative justice efforts underway around the country to remediate and heal historical harm.

Kat Culberg, Director of Re-entry, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY);  Desiree Anderson, Director, Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California;  Jodie Geddes,  Community Organizing Coordinator, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY);  Jonathan Scharrer, Director of the Restorative Justice Project, University of Wisconsin Law School.


How do contemplative practices by lawyers promote justice and social change? 

Experienced and new lawyer/practitioners discuss how their approach to law and life have shifted through contemplative practices and how they have used a variety of techniques for insight, strength, compassion and resilience in the struggle for justice and social change.

Moderator:  Alizabeth Newman, Int. Executive Director, Alumni Engagement and Initiatives, CUNY School of Law.  Panelists: Sina Choi, staff attorney, Housing Works; Nicholle Kopping-Pavars, attorney, agent, Office of the Children’s Lawyer;  Stu Webb, founder Collaborative Law concept; Thalia González, Senior Visiting Scholar, Georgetown Law School, Associate Professor, Occidental College

Building Bridges Between Parallel Movements   

This session will bring together representatives from movements such as Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Positive Psychology, the AALS Balance section, the Solidarity Economy, and the Relational Practices Task Force to discuss the intersection of each group’s mission with the PISLAP vision of integrating spirituality, law, and politics.  Panelists will explore the challenges and opportunities in working together to achieve justice on the individual, interpersonal, and systemic levels beyond that offered by the existing legal system.

Marjorie Silver, Director of Externship Programs and Professor of Law, Touro Law Center;  Lisle Baker, Professor of Law, Suffolk Law School; Susan Jones, Professor of Clinical Law, The George Washington University Law School;  Linda Warren Seely, Director, Section of Dispute Resolution, American Bar Association;  Amy Uelmen, Visiting Lecturer, Research fellow at Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University Law Center