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The Restorative Justice blog covers everything from coverage on Center for Justice Reform events to the latest new in the criminal justice system.

The Time Has ArrivedThe Time Has Arrived

July 28, 2021
For the early students of the restorative justice program, the sense that a broken system desperately needs repairing isn’t new. Read more »​​​​​​

Meet the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice Scholarship RecipientsMeet the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice Scholarship Recipients

March 30, 2021
Vermont Law School is proud to announce the recipients of the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice scholarship. Read more »​​​​​​

Alumni Spotlight: Delinda Passa MARJ'20Alumni Spotlight: Delinda Passa MARJ'20

March 18, 2021
Delinda Passas MARJ'20 was among the first cohort of online Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ) students in 2018. Read more »​​​​​​

STUDENT VOICE: INTEGRATING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE INTO JUDICIAL TRAININGStudent Voice: Integrating Restorative Justice into Judicial Training

February 18, 2021
What training do judges receive in order to perform their role successfully? Read more »​​​​​​

Restorative Re-Write: Humpty DumptyRestorative Re-Write: Humpty Dumpty

February 18, 2021
Why not rewrite those old stories and poems through a different lens, a restorative lens?Read more »​​​​​​

RJ ConversationA CONVERSATION WITH EMILY SEVERSON MARJ'19

January 14, 2021
Emily Severson was among the first cohort of MARJ students in 2018 and is now working as a mitigation specialist for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. Read more »

CalebRESTORATIVE JUSTICE STUDENTS OPPOSE "DIVISIVE AND HARMFUL" EXECUTIVE ORDER 13950

January 8, 2021
Vermont Law School students Karla Barron MARJ’21 and Caleb Sabatka MARJ’21 recently combined forces to submit public comments to the Department of Labor. Read more »

Student VoiceINTERNATIONAL RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WEEK AT VLS

November 18, 2020
In celebration of International Restorative Justice Week, a gallery of contest submissions and artist statements is available online for viewing now through Nov. 22 Read more »​​​​​​

Student VoiceSTUDENT VOICE: CONCERNING HOPE

November 16, 2020
Everyone is feeling something. The uplifted weight of the false and negative rhetoric that now lies in defeat. It is a sigh of slight relief and air of hope. Read more »​​​​​​

Plant Breeders GuideThe Death of George Floyd: The Laws and Limits of Minnesota’s Homicide Statutes

June 11, 2020
Professor Robert Sand, Founding Director, Center for Justice Reform discusses The Death of George Floyd: The Laws and Limits of Minnesota’s Homicide Statutes.
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THREE ONLINE SWAN SPOTLIGHTSThree Online Swan Spotlights

May 14, 2020
Three Vermont Law School alumni from the online program share why they chose VLS online. Hear from Ricardo Edwards JD'22/MARJ'19, Michelle Bender MELP'15, and Delinda Passas MARJ'20. Read more  »

Scarcity Training at VLSHow Scarcity Affects People We Encounter In Our Current Or Future Work

March 6, 2020
Growing up and living with scarcity impacts decision-making and judgment. The VLS Center for Justice Reform hosted, and co-sponsored it along with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, training to learn how scarcity affects people we encounter in our current or future work. Read more  »

Restorative Justice Conference PanelWorking Towards Global Unity & Healing

July 19, 2018
In June, the Vermont Law School’s Center for Justice Reform held the 2018 International Restorative Justice Conference: Global Unity and Healing in Burlington, Vermont at the UVM Dudley H. Davis Conference Center. Over 350 people attended from Vermont, across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Read more »​​​​​​

Expungement Day, VLS Blog(Don't) Let the Record Show

July 18, 2018
The Center for Justice Reform partnered with two forward-thinking Vermont prosecutors to help host two expungement days. Working in conjunction with prosecutors and Vermont Legal Aid, the Center and VLS student volunteers helped approximately citizens remove old marijuana convictions from their record. Read more »​​​​​​

Restorative Justice Coming to VLSRestorative Justice Coming to VLS

October 19, 2017
The American Bar Association has granted acquiescence in VLS' applications to establish a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice, and a Master of Arts in Restorative Justice degree, an important step toward establishing our Center for Justice Reform. Read more »​​​​​​

Different approach to Drug Use and Addiction, VLS Criminal Justice Blog​A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO DRUG USE AND ADDICTION

March 17, 2017
In front of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee, VLS professor Robert Sand offered his perspective on a fundamentally different approach to marijuana reform.​ Read more »​​​​​​

Vermont H.55 Bill, VLS Criminal Justice BlogVERMONT H.55 IS ‘IMPORTANT ADVANCEMENT IN JUSTICE’

February 17, 2017
Thoughts on the H.55, a bill that guarantees public defense services to all needy people who were 25 or under at the time of their​ alleged offense.​ Read more »​​​​​​