Marquette University News Release

Marquette Law School Restorative Justice conference confronts school bullying

October 28, 2009

Event Information
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Union
          1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Panels to include educators, students on consequences and realities of bullying

Marquette University Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative will host a conference entitled “Bullying in Schools: Teaching Respect and Compassion Through Restorative Practices,” Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Alumni Memorial Union.  The conference is free and open to public, but registration is required

The conference will feature several emotional and informative presentations on the powerful consequences of bullying, including:
• “I was a Student Bully,” a discussion featuring four MPS students telling their stories as either the victim or perpetrator of bullying;
• “Cyberbullying and Social Interaction with Technology: How to talk to your child,” with administrators from Waukesha West High School and New Berlin Eisenhower High School who have recently dealt with high profile cyberbullying incidents. 
• Milwaukee Public Schools’ use of the Restorative Justice practices, in which students discuss openly with each other how bullying affects them and the larger school community; and
• Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm on the legal consequences of bullying.

Guests will also include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent William G. Andrekopoulos, who will present awards to students who participated in an art and essay contest. Keynote speaker Dr. Brenda Morrison, co-director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and assistant professor of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, will give a presentation entitled, “The Power Dynamics of Bullying: Negotiating the social and emotional work of the school community.” Janine P. Geske, distinguished professor of law and director of the Restorative Justice Initiative, Joseph D. Kearney, dean of Marquette Law School, and Jeffrey J. Altenburg, deputy district attorney in Milwaukee County, will give opening remarks.

The conference will conclude with the presentation of “Starfish Awards,” recognizing unsung heroes who have made a vital contribution to the lives of Milwaukee-area youth.

A full conference schedule is available online.

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