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The Boston Bar Association’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Symposium - WAIT LIST ONLY

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


We have reached capacity for this program and can no longer accept registrations.

If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Neha Deshpande at


The Boston Bar Association and the Public Interest Leadership Program are proud to present The Boston Bar Association’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Symposium . This educational symposium aims to spread awareness about existing RJ programs, offer an opportunity for those working in the juvenile justice arena to connect with one another, and educate the broader legal community about RJ in the Juvenile Court; including successes and challenges to implementation.

We are deligted to invite BBA Members and the community at large to hear about restorative justice’s practical application in Massachusetts, including in what cases the practice seems to work best and in what cases it is not advisable. Challenges and successes will be examined from the perspectives of the court, prosecution, defense, probation, and police departments.

A closing discussion will be held over lunch, with commentary on the future of restorative justice in Massachusetts, including an overview of current proposals in the legislature.

Symposium Agenda:

9:00am - 9:30am:

9:30am - 10:00am:
Introduction: What is Restorative Justice?

Erin Freeborn, Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice

10:00am - 11:30am:
The Current Application of Juvenile Restorative Justice in Massachusetts

The panel will discuss how restorative justice is being implemented both formally and informally in Massachusetts Juvenile Courts and in the law enforcement community. The roles of the prosecution, defense, probation and police departments will be examined. Specific attention will be given to the Middlesex County Juvenile Court’s application of Restorative Justice.

Commissioner Edward J. Dolan, Office of the Commissioner of Probation
Hon. Leslie Harris (Ret.), Suffolk County Juvenile Court
Ziyad Hopkins, CPCS YAD's Roxbury division
Fred Ryan, Chief of Police, Arlington, MA
Marian Ryan, Middlesex County D.A.

Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein, Teaching Professor and Director of the Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Program at Northeastern University School of Law and Board President of Our Restorative Justice.

11:30am - 11:50am:
Reflections from the Bench
        Hon. Jay BlitzmanFirst Justice of the Middlesex County Probate and Family Court will deliver remarks concluding the panel and will reflect on his experiences from the bench.

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch & Discussion: The Future of Restorative Justice in Massachusetts

During lunch, Sen. James B. Eldridge of the Middlesex and Worcester Districts,will speak to the future of restorative justice in Massachusetts, including an overview of current proposals in the legislature surrounding restorative justice. He will also provide insights into the community impact he has observed both in the juvenile context and among prisoners in the corrections system.






Neha Deshpande


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