Source: (2005) Marquette Law Review. 89(2):328-334.

As a former general jurisdiction trial court judge and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, I observed how lawyers who were good empathetic listeners and creative problem solvers best represented their clients’ interests by guiding them to peaceful resolutions of their disputes. While sitting in criminal court for nine years, I experienced both the successes of our criminal justice system as well as its failures in bringing restoration to victims and communities harmed by crime. I see the practice of restorative justice processes as a means to address those failures through the guidance of professionals who understand how best to address the needs of those who have been harmed. As a legal educator, I know that the best way for future lawyers to learn about serving their clients, particularly the disadvantaged, is for them to listen to and to collaborate with others in working toward creating processes and programs that truly address issues of justice and equality through addressing peoples’ interests and needs. (excerpt)