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Using Restorative Justice & Forgiveness in Your Practice: 3 General and 1 Ethics CLE

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Using Restorative Justice and Forgiveness in Your Practice July 23rd, 2 pm – 5 pm
3 General and 1 Ethics CLE

Restorative Justice is on the rise in Florida! Learn how Restorative Justice may benefit your clients and your community as well as points to consider when talking to your clients about Restorative Justice. Kelly McGrath, Esq. and Julya Denholm DeMaria, founders of the Florida Restorative Justice Association, will explain what Restorative Justice is and how to evaluate your cases to see if they’re a good fit for this process.

Restorative Justice is a process that involves bringing together the parties who have been impacted by an event to safely and openly talk about the impacts, responsibilities, and repair needed to make things as right as possible. Restorative Justice is used within the traditional criminal justice system pre-trail and post-trial to give your clients outcomes that lead to closure and accountability.

The event includes a talk by Kate Grosmaire, whose daughter Anne was murdered by her fiancé in 2010. Kate and Andy Grosmaire requested a Restorative Justice as the pre-plea agreement conference, and their case is the first in the U.S. where Restorative Justice was used to create the sentence and conditions of parole.

Restorative Justice is a growing movement in criminal justice reform in Florida. As just a sample in Florida: the 2n d Circuit State Attorney, Jack Campbell, participated in the Grosmaire’s Restorative Justice Conference and supports the use of Restorative Justice in appropriate cases; 4t h Circuit State Attorney, Melissa Nelson, has a Restorative Justice Specialist on staff; 9t h Circuit State Attorney, Aramis Amala, supports the Neighborhood Restorative Justice Project; and the 17t h Circuit State Attorney, Michael Satz, supports a Restorative Justice diversion program.

The participants will also learn about the importance of speaking to clients about unilateral forgiveness. Dr. Jim Dincalci, author of How to Forgive When You Can’t, will focus on why forgiveness is important and how lawyers can help their clients with the concept of forgiveness. Lawyers have an important role and can aid in healing and recovery for their clients.

This CLE will give you new tools and pathways to help clients, whether they are the person harmed or the person who did the harm.

The CLE is $50 and registration is limited. Please follow this link to sign up or go to Eventbrite ( and search “Using Restorative Justice & Forgiveness in Your Practice” 856568

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