Office: Room 4318B, Law School
J.D., Marquette University School of Law, 2008
Graduate Certificate-Dispute Resolution, Marquette University Graduate School, 2008
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
Jonathan Scharrer is the Director of the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School's Frank J. Remington Center. One of his main roles with the Restorative Justice Project is as a facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in sensitive crimes and crimes of severe violence. As part of its work to foster the increased use of restorative practices as a means of conflict resolution, he has facilitated nearly one hundred community-building, peacemaking, or repairing harm circles. These restorative circles have been conducted in a wide array of community, school, and correctional settings, and have dealt with complex issues ranging from bullying, gangs, and racism to domestic disputes, criminal behavior, and the overarching issue of violence in our communities. He is also an experienced facilitator in the community conferencing setting and has developed and facilitated restorative justice programming in correctional institutions. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin Law School, he was engaged in the private practice of law and was an adjunct faculty at Concordia University, teaching undergraduate courses on criminal procedure and juvenile justice. During this time, he worked closely with Marquette University Law School's Restorative Justice legal clinic, as well as the Restorative Justice Initiative as a volunteer facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in crimes of severe violence. While working as a volunteer with the Restorative Justice Initiative, he also created a theory and practice instructional film produced by Marquette University on facilitating the restorative circle process.