Michigan Judge Timothy Connors advocates peacemaking as an alternative path because “it works,” explaining that this alternative path for state courts helps them live up to their public responsibility to help heal controversy. The article includes reference to the NARF Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative as well as two advisory committee members – Shawn Watts and Cheryl Fairbanks. Judge Connors maintains that, as a peacemaking forum, his court has a superior opportunity to be a good model for solving problems in a way that is respectful and responsible and that heals rather than harms relationships.
Read Judge Connors’ article from The Judges’ Journal, Vol. 55, No. 4, at the American Bar Association’s website.