The Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) held the Seventh John A. Speziale Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium on Friday October 15, 2010 and CMI was invited to present on one of the panels. The conference was titled Achieving the Goals of Criminal Justice: A Role for Mediation. The CBF convened a distinguished group of judges, legislators, mediators, law professors, administrators and other experienced professionals from Connecticut, Maryland and New York to discuss and debate the use of mediation in the criminal justice system in Connecticut and elsewhere. Professor Janine P. Geske, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and now distinguished professor of law and director of the Restorative Justice Initiative at Marquette University School of Law, delivered the keynote address. The title of her talk was “Restorative Justice’s Role in the American Criminal Justice System.” The CBF symposium was held at Quinnipiac University School of Law on the Hamden campus next to Sleeping Giant State Park.
Community Mediation’s panel entitled: Mediation in Adult Criminal Courts in Connecticut: What is Happening and What is Working? was a success with over 50 people in attendance. Representatives from the three non-profit agencies that provide mediation services in adult criminal courts in some judicial districts in Connecticut described the nuts and bolts of what they do, demonstrated how they do it, provided illustrative success stories, and invited discussion of the types of cases that would benefit from mediation.
- Moderator: Carolyn W. Kaas, associate professor of law, Quinnipiac University School of Law
- Panelists: (in alphabetical order)
- Joe Brummer, associate executive director, Community Mediation, Inc.
- Brenda Cavanaugh, executive director, Community Mediation, Inc.
- Dudley Flake, court coordinator, Community Mediation, Inc.
- Lisa A. McKenna, director of court mediation services, Dispute Settlement Center
- Kendra Rossi, program manager, Hartford Area Mediation Program