2013 Speakers and Panelists


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Lauren Abramson, Founding Director, Community Conferencing Center & Assistant Professor, Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Lauren Abramson is a psychologist who has worked with children and families in communities for the past 25 years. In 1995, Lauren brought Community Conferencing to Baltimore. She advances conferencing as a means of building social capital and collective efficacy on many levels, including empowering individuals and communities to resolve their own conflicts, keeping young people out of the criminal justice system, and mobilizing the existing untapped human assets in communities. Lauren publishes articles on both the theoretical and empirical socio-political aspects of conferencing. The work of the Community Conferencing Center is ground breaking for its multi-sector use of conferencing in highly distressed urban American communities. 


Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor, Ohio State University School of Law 

Professor Alexander joined the OSU faculty in 2005. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic. Professor Alexander has significant experience in the field of civil rights advocacy and litigation. She has litigated civil rights cases in private practice as well as engaged in innovative litigation and advocacy efforts in the non-profit sector. For several years, Professor Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action suits alleging race and gender discrimination. 

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Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Baca was elected Los Angeles County’s 30th Sheriff against his mentor Sherman Block, who had died in office days prior to the election but remained on the ballot. He was sworn in on December 7, 1998. He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2010. Baca began his career in street patrol, custody, and recruitment and was a staff instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy. In 1981, Baca became captain of the Norwalk, California sheriff station. On January 23, 1992, Sheriff Sherman Block promoted Baca to the rank of Chief Deputy. Sheriff Baca also developed the Office of Independent Review, comprised of six civil rights attorneys who provide independent oversight on all internal affairs and internal criminal investigations concerning alleged misconduct by Department personnel. 



Sujatha Baliga, Director of Restorative Justice Project, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Sujatha Baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim’s advocate and public defender, Sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008, which she used to spearhead a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County, CA. Today, as director of the restorative justice project at NCCD, Sujatha assists communities in implementing restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She also provides technical assistance to the US Attorney General’s Task Force on Childhood Exposure to Violence. Sujatha earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has held federal clerkships with the Honorable William K. Sessions, III, and with the Honorable Martha Vázquez. A national voice in restorative justice, she was honored as Northeastern University Law School’s Daynard Fellow, featured in the New York Times Magazine, and has been a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” 




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Honorable Mark Bennett, U.S. District Judge, Northern Iowa District

Mark W. Bennett is a United States federal judge, serving on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Bennett received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1972 and a J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1975. He was in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa from 1975 to 1991, also serving as general counsel with the Iowa Civil Liberties Union from 1975 to 1989. From 1991 to 1994, Bennett was a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. On June 21, 1994, Bennett was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa vacated by Donald E. O’Brien. Bennett was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 9, 1994, and received his commission on August 26, 1994. He served as chief judge from 1999 to 2006.



Honorable Irma J. Brown, Inglewood Juvenile Court Judge

Judge Brown graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1970 and Loyola University School of Law in 1973. She worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles from 1975-77 and as a partner at Hudson, Sandoz & Brown from 1978 - 1982. She was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1982 and then became a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge in 2000 when both the Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Courts merged as one thru unification. In 2010, Judge Brown is 62 years of age. She is a registered Democrat.



Linda Buck, C.S.J., Associate Director, C.S.J. Center for Reconciliation and Justice 

Linda Buck, C.S.J. is a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange and an Associate Director at the C.S.J. Center for Reconciliation and Justice at LMU.  She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice in Orange County and works from a Jungian-oriented framework, primarily in the area of complex trauma.  Sr. Linda is a Clinical Supervisor, Sandplay Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Spiritual Director.  She is also adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Psychology.  She presents on various topics focusing on the integration of psychology and spirituality.


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Mary Ellen Burton, Director of Training Programs, Homeboy Industries

Mary Ellen Burton has been practicing as a spiritual director since 1995. She received a Master's degree Pastoral Theology from LMU in 2004. She has been working at Homeboy Industries since January 2007. As Director of Training Programs at Homeboy, she is responsible for Mental Health, Case Management, Legal Services, Restorative Justice and Retreats. Mary Ellen has trained with Insight Prison Project to become a facilitator of Victim Offender Education Groups (VOEG) at Homeboy. She has been facilitating groups for about a year and a half. Being part of the Homeboy community and facilitating VOEG has been a life-changing and healing process for her as she witnesses the healing that happens for the offenders and survivors who participate in VOEG. For her these are examples of radical gospel values in practice. The deep work required in healing brings hope to those who participate and meaning to a world that sometimes feels meaningless.



Elizabeth Calvin, Senior Advocate, Human Rights Watch, Children's Rights Division

Maisie Chin, Co-Founder and Director, CADRE 

Maisie Chin is Co-Founder and current Director of CADRE – Community Asset Development Re-defining Education, an independent, grassroots parent membership organization in South Los Angeles comprised of low-income African American and Latino parents/caregivers. After working in a K-16 institutional and foundation collaboration around education reform for over six years, Ms. Chin and a South LA parent launched CADRE in 2001. CADRE’s mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. Through human rights-based community organizing and policy advocacy, CADRE parent leaders are fighting to end the push out of low-income families of color from public schools and the school-to-prison pipeline. Under Ms. Chin’s leadership CADRE has successfully influenced policy at the local school district level and is moving towards addressing state and national policies using the human rights framework.



Honorable Donald Owen Costello, Chief Judge, Coquille Indian Tribe 

Donald Owen Costello has been an active member of the Oregon State Bar since 1977. Starting in 1984, he served as judge in state- and municipal courts, and for multiple Indian tribes. He founded the court system of Oregon’s Coquille Indian Tribe in 1997 and has served as its Chief Judge ever since. In the 1980’s he was the first judicial officer of Deschutes County, Oregon’s pioneering restorative juvenile justice court. He received his A.B. in Anthropology from University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Portland’s Lewis and Clark College. At age 65, he sculls almost daily and is a competitive rower. 



Andrew Dilts, Assistant Professor of Political Science, LMU

Andrew Dilts is a political theorist whose work focuses broadly on the history of political thought and the discursive relationships between political membership, subjectivity, sovereignty, and punishment. He is especially interested in the connections between penal policy, race, and “identity” in the United States. Prof. Dilts studied economics at Indiana University before earning his doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism (Fordham University Press, forthcoming) which gives a theoretical account of felon disenfranchisement as it has been practiced in the United States, drawing widely on early modern political theory, post-structuralist French thought, queer theory, disability theory, and critical race theory. He is currently at work on a book-length study of Michel Foucault’s thought in relation to neoliberal economic theories of subjectivity, drawing on Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France, his late work on the care of the self, and the theory of human capital developed by “Chicago-School” economists. He has published articles have been published in Political Theory, Foucault Studies, New Political Science, PhiloSOPHIA, and The Carceral Notebooks. 


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Ellen Eggers, Attorney, Office of the State Public Defender, Sacramento

Ellen Eggers is capital appeals attorney who has been representing death row inmates before the California Supreme Court since 1990. Before that she served as in-house counsel to farm worker leader Cesar Chavez, at the union headquarters in Keene, California. The State Bar of California recently recognized Ms. Eggers for her successful pro bono representation of Franky Carrillo, an innocent man who spent 20 years in prison until his exoneration in 2011. Ms. Eggers has long been active in the movement to end the death penalty, is a regular public speaker on the issue and serves on the board of Death Penalty Focus. Since 2009, she has been leading 3-day conflict resolution workshops inside California’s prisons for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and recently was invited by AVP to join its Statewide Steering Committee.



Paul Freese, Vice President, Public Counsel

Paul L. Freese, Jr., is the Vice President of Public Counsel, the public interest law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the United States. A member of the California State Bar since 1988 he worked as a litigation associate until 1994 when he joined Public Counsel as Directing Attorney of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project. Appointed in 2010 to be the organization’s first Vice President, he supervises more than 65 attorneys and their staff. His experience includes working as a Group Worker for DuPage County Youth Home and working with developmentally disabled adults at Little Friends, in Naperville, Illinois. He was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner engaged in human rights work and was the first Maryknoll lay missioner to receive an appointment to a Regional Position. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1988. 

 Pastor Ruett Foster

Ruett Stephen Foster, Pastor, Community Bible Church, Culver City, CA

Pastor Ruett Stephen Foster has over 30 years of experience as a teacher; counselor; and advocate for the children, youth, and families of Los Angeles. For the past 13 years, Pastor Foster has served as an ardent public activist for violence prevention. He became an assiduous advocate after the tragic and senseless loss of his innocent seven-year-old son, Evan, to gun violence in 1997. Pastor Foster and his wife, Rhonda, have partnered with several causes in the hopes of eradicating youth violence. Mr. Foster became Senior Pastor of Community Bible Church (CBC) of Culver City in June of 2007. Pastor Foster continues to serve as an advisory board member for the Office of Restorative Justice of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is comprised of a group of individuals committed to empowering people to understand what it means to restore justice systemically.



Janine Geske, Marquette University School of Law

Justice Janine P. Geske (ret.) currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Marquette University Law School (US). She is the founder and director of its Restorative Justice Initiative and served as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven at the Criminology Institute in 2011. She previously served as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge for twelve years and a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice for five years. She also has served as the Interim Milwaukee County Executive, and as Interim Dean of the Marquette Law School. In her current role, she teaches restorative justice, supervises the Marquette Restorative Justice Clinic, and works extensively with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, victims groups, prosecutors, police, social service agencies, neighborhood associations, and other restorative justice programs to design restorative processes that meet their respective needs to work toward restoring the harm. 



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Honorable Joan Gottschall, U.S. District Judge, Northern Illinois District

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Gottschall received a B.A. from Smith College in 1969 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1973. She was then in private practice in Chicago, Illinois, until 1976, and again from 1978 to 1982, serving as a staff attorney of the Federal Defender Program in Chicago from 1976 to 1978. She was a staff attorney in the legal office of the University of Chicago from 1982 to 1984. She was a United States Magistrate for the Northern District of Illinois from 1984 to 1996. On March 29, 1996, Gottschall was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by James Byron Moran. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 25, 1996, and received her commission on August 1, 1996. 



Honorable Donna Quigley Groman, Judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Judge Groman has been a judicial officer since 1997.  She is assigned to the L.A. County Juvenile Delinquency Court. Judge Groman was named the California Judges Association Juvenile Court Judge 2012. She serves as faculty to the Center for Judicial Education and Research in CA, teaching juvenile delinquency law and related topics to judges statewide. In addition, Judge Groman is creating systemic change in the juvenile justice system by addressing issues such as: Domestic minor sex trafficking (“STAR” Collaborative Court”), re-entry from probation facilities, reducing the school to prison pipeline through intake revision and implementation of Restorative Justice practices, school-based arrest reform, school discipline as it impacts probation youth, parent engagement, extended foster care and independent living services, permanency planning for probation youth, and child-parent domestic violence.



Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Professor and Chair, Business, LMU

Arthur Gross-Schaefer has been a member of the faculty at LMU since 1978. He previously taught at Western States School of Law, Boston University and the University of Southern California. Gross-Schaefer is a past president of the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies, representative to National Conference of the Pacific Southwest Region of Reform Rabbis, and a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Beta Gamma Sigma, the California State Bar Association, the California Society of Public Accountants and has earned more than a dozen teaching awards. His areas of expertise include business law; ethics: business, legal, medical, religious, and personal; and clergy legal issues. 


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Sister Mary Sean Hodges, O.P., Director, Partnership for Re-Entry Program in the Office of Restorative Justice

Sister Mary Sean is almost a native Los Angelean, born in NY but moving to CA at 1 ½ years old, and living here most of her years. She entered religious life after high school and has been a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 55 years. She enjoyed teaching school for 39 years in primary, junior high and high school, then came into the wonderful ministry of re-entry of parolees back into the community. Presently, she is the director of the Partnership For Re-Entry Program (PREP) in the Office of Restorative Justice. The organization has several modular self-help, self-development correspondence courses: Turning Point I and II; Anger Management, Insight, Domestic Violence and  Parenting. Presently, over 5000 inmates are participating in these courses. She is the Founder of Starfish Stories, Inc. with five homes, The Francisco Homes,  and a partner with Rescue-A-Life to open The William D. Pugh Home.  These homes serve over 70 men who have been released after serving a life sentence. 



Morris Jenkins, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Southeast Missouri State University

Dr. Morris Jenkins received his B.A. from Claflin College, his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and his Ph.D. from Northeastern University. Having taught and trained students at every level, including elementary, law and graduate school, Dr. Jenkins has also trained thousands of young people and adults in law-related education (LRE), conflict resolution, and mediation. In addition, he has provided multicultural/diversity training to many police departments, probation departments, and corrections staff across the nation. Dr. Jenkins has taught a number of graduate courses in law and education, mediation and classroom management for teachers, administrators, and corrections personnel. His publishing and research interests include civic education as a means to violence prevention in communities; restorative justice; gangs; and juvenile justice policy. He has testified at a number of state legislative hearings on the topic of restorative justice. He is still active in the community and is currently involved with programs that deal with homelessness, juvenile crime, and race relations. 



Michael Kennedy, S.J., Executive Director, Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative

From 1994 to 2007, Fr. Mike was pastor at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles, where he developed a passion for working with the poor and marginalized and met countless families whose lives were being torn apart by gang violence and crime. Returning from the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 2007, Fr. Mike decided to found Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative and work with people whose lives have been effected by violence and crime. As the Executive Director of this Jesuit Initiative, Fr. Mike gives talks throughout California and the United States on his method of Ignatian meditation. He has been recognized recently for his work by the California Chief of Probation Officers and the City of Los Angeles for the work he is doing to transform the lives of incarcerated youth, their families, and communities. 



Azim Khamisa, Founder, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Hailed by dignitaries such as the Dalai Llama and Thich Nhat Hanh, Azim Khamisa delivers his inspirational message to a world in desperate need of forgiveness, peace and hope. Following the murder of his only son Tariq in 1995 through a senseless, gang-related incident, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) and his subsequent forgiveness work which has reached millions through international speaking, (in 1996 – a crowd of 300,000), public and corporate workshops, video and audio recordings and four published books, including the award-winning From Murder to Forgiveness and the Random House book The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit, coauthored with Jillian Quinn. 



Kathleen Kim, Professor, Loyola Law School

Kathleen Kim teaches Torts, Immigration Law and Human Trafficking. Before joining Loyola Law School, Kathleen pioneered civil litigation on behalf of human trafficking survivors at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco. She launched and directed the Human Trafficking Project as a Skadden Fellow, the first of its kind to focus on the civil rights of trafficked individuals to receive monetary compensation for the abuse of forced labor. In 2005, Kathleen became the inaugural Immigrants’ Rights Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Kathleen continues to provide technical assistance in human trafficking civil cases. She currently co-directs the Anti-Trafficking Litigation Assistance and Support Team and was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery. Kathleen graduated from Stanford Law School where she was an editor of Stanford Law Review and a Judge Takasugi Public Interest Fellow. 

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Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney

District Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as District Attorney. Ms. Lacey oversees roughly 1,000 lawyers, nearly 300 investigators and about 800 support staff employees. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was created in 1850. A graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, Ms. Lacey joined the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation in 1986 as a deputy district attorney. While serving as a deputy district attorney, she prosecuted hundreds of serious criminal cases. Ms. Lacey won national attention for her successful prosecution of the county’s first race-based hate crime murder. Ms. Lacey was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2000 for prosecuting this case. Also, Ms. Lacey twice was selected as Deputy District Attorney of the Month by her peers. 


 Kimberly Lesure

Kimberly Lesure, Assistant Principal, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets – Restorative Justice Coordinator 

A native of Los Angeles, CA, and also a proud product of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Mrs. Lesure has been an educator for almost 20 years with a Master’s Degree in Education and is credentialed in Educational Administration and Leadership. As an administrator at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets in LAUSD, she has been instrumental in implementing Restorative Justice practices through their Intervention Office and has facilitated the training of teachers to use RJ and Council practice in their classrooms. She has also introduced the practice of Council and RJ with various community youth groups. Mrs. Lesure and her husband founded NowDigThis.org, an organization that strives to emphasize the importance of the arts in connection with its positive influence on academic achievement. An advocate of cross-curriculum and themed instruction, she endeavors to bring back the excitement and thirst for learning through the merging of the Visual and Performing Arts, History, and English Language Arts. 



Schoene Mahmood, Restorative Justice Specialist, CURES Restorative Justice Project 

Schoene Mahmood is a Los-Angeles based Community Conferencing facilitator. Community Conferencing helps individuals collectively implement their own strategies for resolving conflict and crime. She is currently working as a restorative justice specialist for the Center for Urban Resilience Restorative Justice Project at Loyola Marymount University. She also serves on the Transformative Justice Council and has conducted presentations in partnership with the Western Justice Center. For over six years, Schoene facilitated conflict resolution and court diversion cases at the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She handled cases referred by the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Office, Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore City Police Department, and Baltimore City Schools. 




Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project

Marc Mauer has directed programs on criminal justice policy reform for 30 years, and is the author of some of the most widely-cited reports and publications in the field. His 1995 report on racial disparity and the criminal justice system led The New York Times to editorialize that the report “should set off alarm bells from the White House to city halls – and help reverse the notion that we can incarcerate our way out of fundamental social problems.” Race to Incarcerate, Mauer’s ground-breaking book on sentencing policies, was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1999. Mauer began his work in criminal justice with the American Friends Service Committee in 1975, and served as the organization’s National Justice Communications Coordinator. In 2005, he became Executive Director of The Sentencing Project. Mauer has received numerous awards, including the Margaret Mead Award from the International Community Corrections Association (2009), and the Inside/ Out Summit Award from Centerforce (2011). 



Alan McGuckian, S.J., Northern Ireland Playwright

Fr. Alan, a native of Cloughmills, is a member of the Jesuit community in Belfast. He has a background in both secondary education and communications. After ordination in 1984 he spent some years teaching in Clongowes Wood College, a boarding school outside Dublin. From 1991 to 2005 he was based at the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin. Fr. Alan acted as overall facilitator of the diocesan listening process in 2011 and authored the report that came out of it. Bishop Treanor appointed him as director of the Living Church office with overall responsibility for directing the process for the two years up to the Congress of 2013 and its immediate developments. 



David Muhammad, CEO, Solutions Inc.

David Muhammad is a leader in the fields of criminal justice, violence prevention, and youth development. David is the CEO of Solutions Inc., a consulting firm providing technical assistance to several California philanthropic foundations on juvenile and criminal justice issues. The former Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department, David was responsible for overseeing 20,000 people on probation, a staff of 600, and a $90 million budget. David ushered in enormous reform in Alameda County to move probation away from a deficit-based correctional model into a strengths-based Positive Youth Development model. David formally served as the Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation, and was responsible for overseeing 35,000 people on probation and a staff of 800. David previously served as the Chief of Committed Services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. At DYRS, David’s responsibility included 300 staff, a $42 million annual budget, a juvenile institution, and 900 youth committed to his department’s care.

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Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. He has authored two books – Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing The Globe – and his writings have appeared in most major media outlets in the U.S. Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. Nadelmann also plays a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials.



Leslie Neale, Documentarian

Leslie has spent many years in the entertainment industry both behind and in front of the camera. She has directed, written and produced several documentaries but her primary focus is on social justice, specifically within criminal justice reform. Her award-winning film Road to Return, narrated by Tim Robbins, which aired on PBS, was presented to the United States Congress, prompting a bill authorizing 6 million dollars for prison aftercare. Juvies, narrated by Mark Wahlberg and shown on HBO, toured the world as one of the top ten “Human Rights Watch” films of 2005. Juvies also screened at the United Nations, encouraging the first ever conference on juvenile justice. Her latest film, Unlikely Friends, narrated by Mike Farrell, continues her passion to invite audiences to think creatively when addressing the problems of the criminal justice system that ultimately impact us all. Unlikely Friends is set to air on the Discovery Channel later this year.



Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 

Nelson received an A.B. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1950, a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 1953, and an LL.M. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1956. She was in private practice in Los Angeles, California from 1954 to 1957. She was a member of the faculty of University of Southern California Law School from 1957 to 1980, where she was a Professor from 1967 to 1980 and Dean from 1969 to 1980. Nelson is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Nelson was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on September 28, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 19, 1979, and received her commission on December 20, 1979. She assumed senior status on January 1, 1995. 

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Tung Nguyen, Restorative Justice Practitioner 

Tung Nguyen is 36 years old, born and raised in Vietnam. He arrived in the US around 1991 at 14 years of age. In 1993, at 16, he was sentenced to 25 years to life for his involvement in a crime of murder and robbery. In 2011, after having served 18 years, he was found suitable for parole with a future release date of 2023. In April 2011, Governor Brown, reviewed the Board of Parole’s decision and modified the Board’s decision to allow my immediate release from prison. He is currently living with his family and works as a dry cleaner, a vocation learned in prison. When possible, he participates in community outreach, including restorative justice, juvenile advocate, and victim reconciliation. He connected with Luz Ruiz, a mother, who lost a son through violent crime. They have become friends and support one another. 



Don John Omale, Professor, Salem University, Nigeria

Dr. Don John O. Omale (PhD) is a British Chevening Scholar of Criminology, Restorative Justice and Victimology. He has lectured both in Nigeria and the UK and has taught very highly placed Senior Officials of the Nigerian Prisons Service. He is a Beneficiary of the Rotary Foundation International Group Study Exchange Programme to California; and an Economic and Social Council Delegate to the Model United Nations Congress in New York, USA (2003). He holds: BSc Psychology (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), MS Criminology (University of Leicester, UK) and PhD Restorative Justice & Victimology at the Centre for Community and Criminal Justice. He is also Facilitator to Dispute Resolution Associates, Asokoro-Abuja on the National Strategic Workshops on Fast Track Trials, and Non-Custodial options; and International Adviser to Restorative Justice Initiative Midland, UK. He is a member of the British society of criminology, London; member of the International Institute of Restorative Practices, Pennsylvania, USA; member of the Restorative Justice International, and member of the World Society of Victimology. 



William O’Neill, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University

William O’Neill, S.J. is a member of the Society of Jesus; an associate professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and a visiting professor of ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology, Hekima in Nairobi, Kenya. He received his doctorate from Yale in 1988. His writings address questions of human rights, social reconciliation, restorative justice, and refugee and immigration policy. He served as co-chair of the restorative interest group of the Catholic Theological Society. He has worked with refugees in Tanzania and Malawi and done research on human rights in South Africa and Rwanda. He currently serves as the Catholic chaplain at the Federal Women’s Prison in Dublin, California where many migrant women are incarcerated. 




Philip Orr, Northern Ireland Historian

Philip Orr, teacher and historian, read English at the University of East Anglia and currently teaches Theatre Studies at Down High School. His contributions to Irish military and social history include the best-selling The Road to the Somme: Men of the Ulster Division Tell Their Story (Belfast 1987). He lives in Killyleagh, County Down and is the chairman of The New Ireland Group, an autonomous Belfast-based political think-tank. Has written a number of books and articles on the topic of the Great War and regularly contributed to discussions or lectured on the matter. Currently engaged in work on the politics of the year 1912, including a book, a website and a community drama. Completing in 2012 a short book on the history of an Irish army camp, contributing a short study to a local history publication on the role of the home front in Ireland’s experience of the Great War, and by 2014, aiming to attempt a community drama project which explores the war.


  Mark Osler, Professor, University of St. Thomas Law School

Mark Osler is a Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minnesota. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and Yale Law School, Prof. Osler is a former federal prosecutor whose work has consistently confronted the problem of inflexibility in sentencing and corrections. As lead counsel he won the case of Spears v. United States (2009) in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Court held that sentencing judges can categorically reject the 100:1 ratio between crack and powder cocaine in the federal sentencing guidelines. He serves as the head of the Association of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, and often lectures on issues relating to sentencing, ethics, and faith and the law. His book, Jesus on Death Row (Abingdon, 2009) challenges the death penalty based on the experience of Christ as a criminal defendant. He has also authored over twenty academic articles and has been frequently interviewed as a sentencing or Supreme Court expert. 

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 John Parrish

John M. Parrish, Associate Professor, Director of the University Honors Program

John Michael Parrish teaches and studies political theory, focusing especially on the history of political thought and on the ethics of political leadership.  A native of Oklahoma and a graduate of William Jewell College, he has studied at Oxford and Cambridge and earned his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.  Prior to coming to Loyola Marymount University, he was assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University.  He has published a book, Paradoxes of Political Ethics: From Dirty Hands to the Invisible Hand (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and has a second book, The Decline of Mercy in Public Life, co-authored with Alex Tuckness, in production at Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2014).  He has published articles in such journals as The Historical JournalHistory of Political ThoughtInternational Theory, and the Oxford Review of Education, as well as several book chapters.  He has co-edited two volumes of essays: Manipulating Democracy: Democratic Theory, Political Psychology, and Mass Media (Routledge, 2011) and Damned If You Do: Dilemmas of Action in Literature and Popular Culture (Lexington, 2010). 


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Francesca Piumetti, Associate Dean of Students and Chief Judicial Officer, LMU

Francesca Piumetti is in her eleventh year as Loyola Marymount University’s Associate Dean of Students and Chief Judicial Officer.  In this role, Francesca directly supervises Student Media, including KXLU Tower/The Loyolan and ROAR Network.  Currently, she sits on the Wellness Committee, Regulatory Compliance Committee, Student Affairs Critical Incidents Team, Student of Concern Team, Behavior Intervention Team and the Division of Student Affairs’ Management Team. Francesca received her M.A. in Counseling and her B.A. in Sociology, both from Loyola Marymount University.  Between 1997-2000, Francesca was a middle school counselor in the IUSD, Inglewood Unified School District.


Stephen Pope, Professor of Theology, Boston College

Stephen J. Pope received his Ph.D. in theological ethics from the University of Chicago in 1988. He teaches courses on social ethics and theological ethics. He has written The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2007), and he has edited Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001). He and his wife have three children and reside in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.



Mark Potter, Assistant to the Jesuit Provincial, California Jesuit Province

Mark Potter is the Provincial Assistant for Social Ministries in the California Province of the Society of Jesus – his job is to be a resource and catalyst for social justice efforts among the Jesuit high schools, universities, parishes, spirituality and retreat centers, and direct social service ministries in the states of California and Arizona.  In this role, Mark has been instrumental to the creation of the Kino Border Initiative at the US/Mexico border in Ambos Nogales, and the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative that seeks to change both the culture and the laws that sentence juvenile offenders to death in prison.  Mark also represents the California province in Jesuit shareholder advocacy efforts to promote commitments to fundamental human rights among some of the world’s most ethically-challenged corporations, such as Monsanto, Chevron, and Occidental Petroleum.


Jason Powell

Jason Powell, Co-Founder and President of Hope Renewed International

In 2010, Jason Powell & Ashley Williams came together with the determination to make a sustainable difference in the lives of the people of Guatemala. Ashley’s relationships on the ground in Guatemala combined with Jason’s international business experience established an ideal partnership. The question before them, “How do we exemplify Christ’s love, while creating opportunities for people in at-risk communities without creating dependency on an organization?” Hope Renewed International (HRI) is dedicated to renewing HOPE by living out and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ; by improving the quality of life; and by providing relief and opportunities to those who may not otherwise have them.  HRI’s approach is to partner with community leaders with a focus on education and skills development, empowering the people to ultimately help themselves, creating dependability not dependency. Jason has spent the last 15 years in the global Pharmaceutical industry in various positions in the U.S. and Latin America. He has spent a significant amount of time doing mission work across Latin America and today is co-founder and President of Hope Renewed International



Joe Provisor, The Ojai Foundation and the Los Angeles Unified School District

Joe Provisor, M.A, LMFT, holds two Masters Degrees in English and Clinical Psychology, is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and has been a public school teacher for over twenty years. He has practiced Council with public school students since 1986, uses the process in his therapeutic practice, and has been a Council Trainer for The Ojai Foundation since 1994, providing trainings for educators, therapists, and business people nationally and internationally. He currently serves as Director of the Ojai Foundation’s Council in Schools (CIS) Program and is the Program Expert for Council Practitioners Center (CPC) established in 2006 in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support (OCISS). Joe has designed Council-based curriculum that is in wide use in LAUSD with continuation high school students and students identified as at-risk for dropping out. Joe has trained and supervised teachers (K to post-secondary), administrators, counselors, therapists, and business people to build community and to integrate systemic community building practices into curriculum and institutions. 

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Kimberly Richman 

Kimberly Richman, Associate Professor of Sociology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice Studies, University of San Francisco 

Kimberly Richman is President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the nonprofit Alliance for CHANGE, and Associate Professor of Sociology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice Studies at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches Criminology, Sociology of Law, Capstone Seminar in Reentry, and Deviance and Social Control. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of two books with NYU Press and numerous articles in scholarly journals such as Crime and Public Policy, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Law and Human Behavior. She serves on the board of several professional organizations in law and the social sciences, and is President-Elect of the Western Society of Criminology. She has been sponsoring pre-release and reentry programs inside San Quentin State Prison since 2003, and is currently a visiting professor and visiting scholar at UCLA. 


 Stanley Shimotsu

Stanley Shimotsu, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County (Retired)

Stanley Shimotsu is the first Asian American to serve as Chief Deputy of the Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender.  He was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January 2013 for his 37 years of service to the citizens of Los Angeles County. After receiving his Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees from UCLA, Mr. Shimotsu served as a general attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service.  He then joined the Public Defender’s Office in 1975 and rose through the ranks as a trial attorney in the juvenile, misdemeanor and felony trial divisions to positions in executive management.  Mr. Shimotsu led the training division and was Head Deputy of the Torrance Branch Office for several years before elevation to Division Chief.  As Division Chief, he managed branch and area divisions throughout the County, as well as directed the work of the mental health, appellate, paralegal, investigations, sexually violent predator, civil, and drug/alcohol programs.  As Assistant Public Defender and Chief Deputy, Mr. Shimotsu assumed overall responsibilities for the administration of the entire Department. Mr. Shimotsu is married with two children and two grandchildren and is the lay leader of the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church.  In addition to his work with the Stop Hunger Now! and Habitat for Humanity projects, he leads an Imagine LA faith team that provides support to a family exiting homelessness.  This coming year, Mr. Shimotsu  will be serving on a committee of the  California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church to address issues related to mass incarceration.






Javier Stauring, Co-Director, Los Angeles Archdiocese Office of Restorative Justice

Javier Stauring is Co-Director of the Office of Restorative Justice for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Since 1996, he has overseen the programs at all juvenile halls and probation camps in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In addition, Stauring is responsible for three other restorative justice programs: Ministry to Victims of Crime, Ministry to Families of the Incarcerated, and Ministry to Formerly Incarcerated.

  Bryan Stevenson, New York University School of Law

A 1985 graduate of Harvard, with both a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from the School of Law, Bryan Stevenson joined the clinical faculty at New York University School of Law in 1998. Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the deep South since 1985 when he was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1989, he has been Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, nonprofit law organization he founded that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Award Prize. In 2004, he received the Award for Courageous Advocacy from the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Lawyer for the People Award from the National Lawyers Guild. In 2006, NYU presented Mr. Stevenson with its Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also received honorary degrees from several universities, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgetown University School of Law. He has also published several widely disseminated manuals on capital litigation and written extensively on criminal justice, capital punishment and civil rights issues. 


 Eric Strauss

Dr. Eric Strauss, President’s Professor of Biology, LMU and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) 

Dr. Eric Strauss serves Loyola Marymount University as President’s Professor of Biology, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) and Director of the graduate track in urban ecology. With collaborative research specialties in animal behavior, endangered species management, urban ecosystem dynamics and science education, Eric has extended the model for faculty scholarship by co-founding the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston while he served as a faculty member at Boston College and CURes in LA, both of which provide educational, research and restoration programs to underserved neighborhoods and their residents. In addition, Dr. Strauss is the Founding Editor of a web-based peer-reviewed journal, Cities and the Environment, which is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. His research includes collaborative long term studies of coyotes, White tailed deer, crows, turtles and other vertebrates, with a specialty in understanding wildlife in urban areas and the appropriate management responses to wildlife problems and zoonotic disease. He has co-written multi-media textbooks in biology and urban ecology as well as hosting multiple video series on the life sciences and ecology. 



Alicia Virani, California Conference for Equality and Justice

Alicia Virani is a Restorative Justice Program Specialist at The California Conference for Equality and Justice. Alicia graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a J.D. and a M.A. in Urban Planning. At CCEJ she developed a Restorative Justice project that serves as an alternative to punitive school discipline and the juvenile justice system. Alicia is committed to ending the cycle of violence caused by the criminal (in)justice system by being an advocate and promoting healing for all. Alicia has worked in the Los Angeles community on many projects, including starting Let’s Go! Liberation- a legal clinic for the transgender community-and working with INCITE! LA, an organization committed to ending violence against women of color.


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Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Guatemala Operations for Hope Renewed International

In 2010, Jason Powell & Ashley Williams came together with the determination to make a sustainable difference in the lives of the people of Guatemala. Ashley’s relationships on the ground in Guatemala combined with Jason’s international business experience established an ideal partnership. The question before them, “How do we exemplify Christ’s love, while creating opportunities for people in at-risk communities without creating dependency on an organization?” Hope Renewed International (HRI) is dedicated to renewing HOPE by living out and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ; by improving the quality of life; and by providing relief and opportunities to those who may not otherwise have them.  At 16, during a mission trip to Romania, Ashley decided to dedicate her life to working with people in need. After graduating high school she lived in Mexico with a missionary friend for a period time before attending Moody Bible Institute in 2006. One summer, during her time at Moody, she had the opportunity to visit Guatemala. That summer visit turned into years of serving Guatemala’s most desperate people living in the city dump, ghetto, and prisons. 


Lance Wright

Lance Wright, Developer of Re-Entry Program, Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous

Lance Wright’s experience within the re-entry community dates back to the early 1980’s when he was beginning my journey of being addicted to a lifestyle of criminality and drugs. His insight into the problem comes after many years of trial and much error within his own life. He has been involved in the development and facilitating of an institutional re-entry program through Criminals & Gang Members Anonymous (CGA) from approximately 2003 to 2011 wherein the clients were given an extensive recovery based education 5 nights a week over the course of 18 months. It was a preparatory program and engaged the clients in areas of addictive thinking and behavior, interpersonal relationships, and many other areas needed for their success upon release. Currently he works as a Program Facilitator Supervisor/Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Beit T’Shuvah 40 hours a week, as a Transformational Life Coach with New Horizon Community Re-Entry, and as an intern with CRI-HELP 8 hours a week to meet class requirements towards being CAADE certified as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.




Chief Steven Zipperman

Chief Steven K. Zipperman, Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department Command Officer

Chief Zipperman is a proud native of the City of Los Angeles and graduated from LAUSD’s Taft High School in the San Fernando Valley.   He  was appointed as the Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department  (LASPD) in January of 2011, after serving over 32 years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  He worked numerous officer and supervisory assignments including patrol, vice, narcotics and Special Response Units.   As an LAPD Command Officer, he held various positions throughout the LAPD divisions, and forged numerous business and community relationships. As Chief of the LASPD, Chief Zipperman is responsible for the oversight of 350 sworn officers and 130 school safety officers and a civilian support staff, to police over 710 square miles covering 1100 schools attended by over one million students.  Chief Zipperman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.  He teaches various leadership programs and is a member of various professional school safety and police organizations.

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*This list of speakers is subject to change and may not include any newly confirmed speakers and panelists. Updates will be made as needed.