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Donald Schmid

United States Attorney Office

"Sited at the Ministry of Justice in Wellington, I studied New Zealand's pioneering and widely-hailed restorative justice programs which includes family group conferences for youth offenders and court-referred restorative justice conferences for adult offenders. I also conducted original research into the effectiveness of family group conferences and the management of youth justice processes in New Zealand, which sparked considerable debate in the country as to which government agency should be responsible for youth justice and under what jurisdiction youth justice coordinators should be located. I also made presentations on restorative and criminal justice policy at the National Library, Victoria University, and the Royal New Zealand Police College and served on a special Ministerial Task Force on Youth Crime that was chaired by the Chief District Judge of New Zealand."

"In addition to traveling throughout New Zealand with the Task Force, I was a member of a prison ministry team that visited inmates a Rimutuka Prison on Wednesday evenings. I appeared on Radio New Zealand's Kim Hill Show and TV1's Breakfast Television and a number of my publications appeared in the New Zealand Law Journal, Social Policy Now, the Evening Post, and The Dominion. I developed invaluable professional contacts with the New Zealand Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Judiciary, etc. The fellowship gave me the time to do serious research and scholarship that would not have otherwise been possible."

"As a result of my experience, I will be teaching a new course entitled "Restorative Justice, A New Paradigm" as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School and will propose a program of restorative justice conferences in the Northern District of Indiana."

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