Jonathan Scharrer

Clinical Associate Professor

Jonathan  Scharrer

Pronouns: he/him

Room 4318B, Law School

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Restorative Justice Project


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. He has extensive experience as a facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in sensitive and violent crimes and as a trainer in a variety of restorative justice practices. Jonathan is active in examining criminal justice policy--with a focus on victim-empowerment and addressing racial disparities in the criminal legal system--and has helped design and implement multiple restorative justice diversion programs and restorative responses to crime. Additionally, Jonathan currently serves as a member of the advisory council for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Scholarship & Publications

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Research Interests

  • Restorative Justice
  • Public Policy and Criminal Justice Reform
  • RJ in Higher Education
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Brass Tacks: Implementing Restorative Justice as Diversion Policy," during a discussion of From Paradigm to Policy: Transforming Accountability and Public Safety With Restorative Justice hosted by the Vera Institute of Justice on Jan. 25, 2024, via Zoom.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Systems Design in the Field" to the The National Judicial College on July 19, 2023. The presentation was on restorative justice and diversion in the criminal legal system.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Bias, Equity and Restorative Justice" during the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section webinar on June 13, 2023.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Breaking the Cycle with Restorative Justice" during the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and Development: Reentry Conference Lunch and Learn on June 8, 2023.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Equitable Systems Design in Restorative Justice" during the National Center on Restorative Justice Equitable System Design Institute on March 31, 2023. The institute gathers a diverse group of practitioners, academics and professionals at the interface of restorative justice and the criminal legal system from across the country to advance "equitable systems design" for restorative justice in criminal legal processes.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Restorative Justice in Corrections" during the Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Meeting on Sept. 19, 2022. 

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Bias and Discretionary Decision-Making in RJ Diversion" during the 2022 European Forum for Restorative Justice – 11th International Conference: Justice Beyond Borders  on June 24, 2022.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Encountering the 'No': Finding Our Way Back and Fighting 'No-mentum'," during the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice 2022 National Conference July 7, 2022, in Chicago.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Restorative Justice in Action" during a National Benevolent Association Webinar on Nov. 15, 2022.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Restorative Justice and the Legal Academy" during the Restorative Justice Origins, Applications, and Futures Symposium Series hosted by UCLA School of Law's Criminal Justice Law Review and Criminal Justice Program on Nov. 10, 2021. 

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System" during the 2021 Wisconsin County Association Annual Conference on Sept. 27, 2021.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Understanding Post-Sentencing Restorative Justice" during a virtual Reentry Lunch and Learn Program hosted by the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and Development on Aug. 19, 2021.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Victim-Offender Dialogue & Restorative Justice" during the 2021 Victims of Crime Conference on Aug. 25, 2021.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented “Restorative Justice Applications to the Criminal Justice System” during a Zoom webinar of the La Crosse County Bar Association on April 19, 2021. 

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented “Beyond Burnout: Resiliency, Self-Care, Moral Injury & Vicarious Trauma” during a Zoom webinar with the University of Denver College of Law on March 23, 2021. 

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Teaching Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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