Richmond Public Interest Law Review Symposium

Richmond Public Interest Law Review Symposium


2019 Symposium

Restorative Justice

Richmond Public Interest Law Review

Friday, October 4, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:45 PM

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The Honorable Robert R. Merhige Jr. Moot Courtroom

University of Richmond School of Law

Symposium Schedule

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in & Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks • Lizzy Ritchie, Editor in Chief • Dean Wendy Perdue, University of Richmond School of Law

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM: What is Restorative Justice? • Intro: Aishaah Reed, Manuscript Editor • Professor Doron Samuel-Siegel

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM: Break

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM: Keynote Speaker: Race, Gender, and Restorative Justice • Intro: Ken Anderson, General Assembly Editor • Dr. Johonna Turner, Co-Director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice and Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM: Break

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM: A Proposal for Restorative Justice-Based Lawyer Discipline • Intro: Rachel Campbell, Communications Editor • Brenda Waugh, Esq., Berryville, Virginia • Assisted by Rachel Campbell, J.D. Candidate

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM: Implementing Restorative Justice Practices in the Criminal Justice System • Intro: Sahba Saravi, Managing Editor • Erin Barr, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Chesterfield County • Hon. Richard B. Campbell, Chief Judge, Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court • Jerald Hess, Sr. Asst. Public Defender, City of Richmond and Co-Founder of the Virginia Holistic Justice Initiative • Moderator – Professor Julie McConnell, University of Richmond School of Law

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM: Break

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM: Panel on Restorative Justice in the Community: Programs and Resources for Clients • Intro: Erica Rebussini, Notes & Comments Editor • Vickie Shoap, Director of Alternative Accountability Program, Fairfax County Public Schools • Sylvia Clute, Former adjunct faculty at Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of Unitive Justice • Susan Buffington, Esq., Virginia Center for Restorative Justice • Moderator – Professor Doron Samuel-Siegel, University of Richmond School of Law

2:50 PM – 3:40 PM: A Returned Citizen and What Lawyers Need to Know about Victim Offender Mediation • Intro: Marina Batalias, Senior Manuscript Editor • Paul Taylor, Co-Director of the RVA League for Safer Streets and Founder of the S.A.N.I.T.Y. Project • Weldon Prince Bunn, RVA League for Safer Streets • Moderator – Professor Tara Casey, University of Richmond School of Law

3:40 PM: Closing Remarks: Jackie Cipolla, Symposium Editor

3:45 PM: Reception

6 CLE Credits

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Speaker Biographies


Johonna Turner, Ph.D.

Johonna Turner is Assistant Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. For over 15 years, she has worked as part of arts collectives, community organizing coalitions, and other social movement organizations to develop youth leadership, empower disenfranchised people, and cultivate transformational approaches to safety and justice. A thoroughly interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Turner received post-graduate training in U.S. cultural studies, women’s studies, and biblical theology/urban ministry. Her areas of scholarship, practice and teaching include restorative and transformative justice, youth leadership development and organizing, formation for peacebuilders, faith-rooted peacebuilding, and critical race feminism. Dr. Turner is an innovative educator with experience teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of settings. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, she taught undergraduate courses in the departments of American Studies and African-American Studies, as well as the Burns Academy of Leadership. During her tenure with the District of Columbia Public Schools, she served as an afterschool program coordinator for 9th-12 grade students, high school special education English teacher, elementary reading interventionist, and school-wide instructional leader. She has also facilitated classes, workshops, and trainings with institutions ranging from D.C.’s Latin American Youth Center to the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church.


Doron Samuel-Siegel

Doron Samuel-Siegel is Professor of Law, Legal Practice, at the University of Richmond School of Law, where she has served on the fulltime faculty since 2013. She teaches courses on Legal Analysis & Writing and Restorative Justice; has served on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Student Services Committee; and advises multiple student organizations, including the National Lawyers Guild and the Public Interest Law Association. She is very proud to be the 2017 recipient of the Black Law Students Association Outstanding Community Member Award and a 2019 recipient of the University Distinguished Educator Award. A native of northern New Jersey and a graduate of the University of the Virginia and the University of Richmond School of Law, Professor Samuel-Siegel served in various professional roles prior to her current faculty membership. She was the law clerk for Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico of the Supreme Court of Virginia; practiced law in a small, general practice firm in Charlottesville; and directed the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s charitable food distribution programs, serving food-insecure residents of a 12,000-square-mile region of central and western Virginia. In addition to her teaching interests, her scholarly and volunteer interests include racial justice and housing equity.

Brenda Waugh, Esq.

Brenda Waugh is an attorney with over thirty years of experience, licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. She graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1982. She graduated from West Virginia University Law School in 1987 and in 2009 earned a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Eastern Mennonite University. She is licensed to practice in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Recognizing that abused children in the region needed a strong advocate, Ms. Waugh served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Kanawha County. During that period, she worked with the West Virginia State Bar and served as the first chairperson of the West Virginia State Bar Commission on Children and the Law. She was also appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Oversight Committee and the Juvenile Justice Committee. Since entering private practice in 1999, Ms. Waugh has litigated cases in over a dozen West Virginia Counties and has argued and won many cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court. She has published articles in law journals including those published by Yale University and the Journal of Legal Education. She has conducted dozens of seminars on legal issues through groups such as West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Association Conflict Resolution and the Virginia Mediation Network. Ms. Waugh was recently selected as a fellow of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. She is a member of the IACP, ABA and serves on several bar committees.

Rachel Campbell, J.D. Candidate

Rachel is a third-year law student at the University of Richmond School of Law and currently serves as the Communications Director for the school’s Public Interest Law Review. She graduated from James Madison University in 2017, after serving as a founding member of their Restorative Justice Club. Additionally, in June-July of 2017, Rachel studied Restorative Intervention in Post-Conflict Nations in South Africa. During law school, she interned for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Officer in Hanover County, Virginia. She intends on expanding her knowledge of restorative justice and integrating it into her future work in the criminal justice system and daily life.

Kevin Woodson

Professor Kevin Woodson is a professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law. Before coming to Richmond Law, Kevin Woodson was an associate professor at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where his scholarship focused on employment discrimination, racial diversity in higher education and the professions, and education reform. His works have appeared in Fordham Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Georgia Law Review, amongst other venues, and he is currently working on a book entitled Beyond Bias? The Significance of Race for the New Black Elite. Woodson was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Halle & Dorr in Washington, D.C He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy from Princeton University, his J.D. from Yale Law School, and his B.A. from Columbia University.

Erin Barr, Esq.

Erin Barr has been a prosecutor in the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for nine years. She currently holds the position of Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Division. Having grown up in Amherst County, Virginia, Erin attended Randolph-Macon College for her undergraduate degree and the University of Richmond Law School for her J.D. Chesterfield County Court Services Unit has spearheaded a restorative justice program for the Chesterfield JDR Court. While all agencies in the court building are enthusiastic about this new development and tool, the program is in its fledgling year where it is being developed, tested, and solidified.

Hon. Richard B. Campbell

Richard B. Campbell was appointed to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for the City of Richmond on April 1, 2007. Judge Campbell is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School, in Richmond, and the College of William and Mary, and received his law degree from the University of Richmond. He clerked for United States District Court Judge Richard Kellam during 1993-1994. Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Judge Campbell served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Chesapeake from 1994-1998 and then worked at the Attorney General’s Office for nearly ten years. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Judge Campbell served as Assistant Attorney General, Counsel to the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, and Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting Project Exile cases in the United States District Court in Richmond. Judge Campbell has served on the City of Richmond’s Community Criminal Justice Board, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Virginia Supreme Court’s District Court Technology Committee, and the Richmond Bench-Bar Steering Conference. He and his wife are the parents of three young daughters.

Jerald Hess

Jerald Hess is a senior assistant public defender in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Hess previously worked as an associate at DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., as an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. Mr. Hess has conducted trial advocacy trainings and workshops in a variety of settings in the United States and in developing countries, including Guyana and Myanmar. Mr. Hess attended law school at American University’s Washington College of Law. While there, he clerked for the U.S. State Department and for the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Mr. Hess also is the Co-Founder of the Virginia Holistic Justice Initiative here in Richmond.

Julie E. McConnell

Professor Julie E. McConnell is a Clinical Law Professor and Director of the Children’s Defense Clinic. In addition to the Clinic, she teaches Advanced Clinical Practice, Juvenile Delinquency Law and Procedure, and the Science of False Confessions. Through the clinic, she and her students represent on a pro bono basis, indigent youth throughout Central Virginia who are charged with acts of delinquency. Previously, she served six years as a prosecutor in the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, where she was a supervisor in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. In that office, she specialized in the prosecution of violent juvenile crimes, domestic violence, elder abuse, child physical and sexual abuse, and domestic homicide cases. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, McConnell served as an assistant public defender and before that as a law clerk for the Honorable James W. Benton in the Virginia Court of Appeals. Before law school, she worked with the Virginia ACLU and as a community organizer and lobbyist for several not-for-profits in the Virginia General Assembly and served as a counselor and special education teacher at a group home for delinquent youths. In 2011, she received the Oliver Hill Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court’s “Unsung Hero” Award. In 2015, she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to a four-year term on the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and is now serving as co-chair. In 2016, she was selected to serve on the Virginia Bar Association’s Commission on the Needs of Children. In 2017, she was honored as the Richmond YWCA’s Outstanding Woman in Education. In 2018, she was chosen as the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association’s Woman of Achievement. And in 2019, she was honored as a member of the inaugural class of Virginia Lawyer's Weekly 2019 Influential Women in the Law Award.

Paul Taylor

In 1994, Paul Taylor was sentence to life plus 26 years in prison. He served 23 consecutive years before he was granted parole in 2017. During his time in prison, he co-facilitated all of the Virginia Department of Corrections state mandated programs in re-entry. He also created his own program, the S.A.N.I.T.Y. Project and later co-founded the RVA League for Safer Streets with partner, Jawad Abu. This unorthodox urban city basketball league was geared toward high crime areas of Richmond, Virginia, and has been credited with bringing violence down and creating harmony between communities that stood at odds for years, being hailed as an “unconventional behaviorism cause for unconventional strategies.” Before every basketball game, there are workshops on conflict resolution, problem solving, and critical thinking skills to give these men other options to deal with conflict besides violence.

Weldon Prince Bunn

Weldon “Prince” Bunn was born in Virginia’s Tidewater area. At age 13 or 14, he was arrested for trespassing on church property. He did not tell his father and missed his court date; that resulted in his arrest and his first time in detention. This experience began a path to more serious crimes. Prince was then sentenced to juvenile corrections at age 14 for auto theft. His first prison sentence was in 1990, a two year sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Six months later, he was charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Prince was on the prison treadmill until two events woke him up: his grandmother, the woman who raised him, died and he could not attend her funeral. Then his daughter’s mother wrote him that “he had cheated his daughter out of her father.” He had lost what he most cared about. Those dates are seared in his mind and changed the course of his life. On a new path, Bunn read books and took classes; he avoided other inmates who were a bad influence. He slowly built a support system that would eventually help him earn parole. He began to support other inmates in turning their lives around. After serving 25 years of what he had expected to be a life sentence, he was granted parole and released on October 12, 2019. He was the first Virginia inmate to be paroled into the custody of a former inmate, Paul Taylor. Bunn joined Taylor and Jawad Abdu in the RVA League for Safer Street’s program. This program has reduced the number of teenage murders in Richmond’s projects. He is active in Taylor’s fatherhood program called the S.A.N.I.T.Y. Project, in the MAYA Foundation that provides support for at-risk youth and the re-entry population, and in We ARE—Arts, Rethinking and Economics. He also provides mentoring for men in prison who are turning their lives around to earn parole and those who are recently released. Equally important are the speaking engagements that he and Taylor frequently do in jails and prisons, and in schools and for organizations for people who have no prison experience. As he honestly shares about his journey, he demonstrates the power and dignity of the human spirit. “You can't help but love Prince” has become a common response.

Tara L. Casey

Tara Casey is Director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service and writes on contemporary public policy issues. She is a member of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Pundit's Podium, and her essays have appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian-Pilot, and Roanoke Times, as well as online venues including the Maddow Blog, Feministing, AlterNet, RH Reality Check, Yahoo! Voices, and RVA Magazine. Ms. Casey is the Faculty Director of the Law School's Bridge to Practice Fellowship Program. She currently chairs the Awards Committee for the Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities of the Association of American Law Schools and is an active member of the Public Service Section of NALP — The Association for Legal Career Professionals. Ms. Casey was named YWCA "Outstanding Woman of Achievement in Law" in 2007, a "Virginia Rising Star Lawyer" by Richmond Magazine in 2006, one of the "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine in 2005 (and 2006, 2009, and 2010), the Richmond Bar Association's Pro Bono Award winner in 2005, and one of Style Weekly Magazine's "Top Forty Under Forty" in 2004.


Vickie Shoap

Vickie Shoap is a Restorative Justice Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia and manages the Restorative Justice initiative for the district. Fairfax County, Virginia is the 10th largest school system in the United States. The county’s 240 public schools and centers serve over 190,000 students from over 200 countries. Restorative Justice became discipline policy in 2011 as an alternative to traditional discipline such as suspension and recommendation for expulsion. With over 25 years’ experience in the restorative justice field in both juvenile criminal justice and schools in Virginia, Vickie Shoap is a national restorative justice practitioner and trainer in the principles and practice of Restorative Justice in schools and juvenile courts. Vickie is the former Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Prince William County Virginia 31st Judicial Circuit and Juvenile Courts and the former President of the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia. Vickie has written restorative justice training programs and facilitator manuals for the Virginia Department of Education and the Supreme Court of Virginia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Sylvia Clute

Sylvia Clute is a former trial attorney who now works for social justice and legal reform that heals brokenness, not merely settles disputes. For three years she helped create and implement Restorative Justice in high school and middle school programs as an alternative to zero tolerance. Presently she teaches Restorative Justice theory and circle facilitation at the college level and in workshops. Sylvia’s specialty is a particular model of Restorative Justice called “Unitive Justice,” one that is based on the moral principle of lovingkindness and is free of punitive elements. She is the President of the Alliance for Unitive Justice. She is writing a book titled "Unitive Justice: Bending the Arc of Justice Toward Love,” and is also author of Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution and the novel, Destiny Unveiled. She holds graduate degrees from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), Boston University School of Law (JD) and the Univ. of California at Berkeley (MPA). A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, she was co-founder and Chair of the Board of Women’s Bank in Richmond, Va., and has been active in community service throughout her career. Her websites are and

Susan Buffington

Susan Buffington currently works with the Virginia Center for Restorative Justice, offering Family Group Conferencing as a diversion program to Henrico County and Richmond City Juvenile Court Service Units in 2015. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and the University of Richmond School of Law. She previously served as in-house counsel for Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad and its real estate subsidiaries. She focused her practice on commercial real estate, transportation, legislative and environmental issues. Once she retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, she served on board of directors for Virginia Center for Restorative Justice, The Trust Company of Virginia, and Rivertrace Federal Credit Union.

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