2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices July 31, 2018
By Dede Evavold
Shout out to all peacemakers!
Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11, 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices coming to St. Paul, Minnesota
Hello. It’s Michelle MacDonald!
Our family culture seems to go from conflict to attorneys and court. Either that, or they dwell in conflict. But there is a better way used around the country and the world. I call it an authentic, holistic and organic justice —–that can happen before lawyers and courts are ever involved.
There is a unique opportunity to be educated and receive training in a powerful form of dispute resolution: Restorative Circles, a restorative practice within the field of Restorative Justice! (See Flyer at Bottom of the Page) Here is the link to learn more: www.irpcminnesota.com
Not only is this the first time this conference is coming to America — it is being held in to our own backyard! Thursday- Saturday, August 9-11, 2018, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, and we are applying for CLE and ADR credits!
I have had to travel great distances to get the trainings, after Judge Bruce Peterson introduced me to circles in May 2012. Restorative practices are explained like this on my law firm www.macdonaldlawfirm.com website:
Restorative Justice Circles – Here, anyone can begin to resolve a conflict or injustice by starting a “circle.” The process begins by talking to trained facilitator who can meet with you to listen to your problem, and customize what is needed for resolution of conflicts in your home, work or community, based on your personal information and situation. Restorative Justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by the conflict. When participants meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
For any of you interested in resolving individual and family, including in your own relationships, this education is invaluable. I have implemented it in my home, with my husband, children, friends, family, law practice, and of course, have been a facilitator for Family Innocence: a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of court. Family Innocence will have an exhibit table where we hope to sign up providers to help us, so that the people have access to these remarkable facilitators who do most of their work volunteer, or on a shoe string budget.
You can register right up to the date, and will not be turned away. Hope to see you there!
Family Innocence, Inc
Michelle L. MacDonald
Founder & Volunteer President
Michelle L. MacDonald, Founder and Volunteer President of Family Innocence, a non-profit project dedicated to keeping families out of the adversary process: resolving conflicts and injustices peacefully through Mediation and Restorative Justice & Family Circles.
Michelle can be reached at: Michelle@FamilyInnocence.com or by cell phone at 612-554-0932
A Humanistic Approach to Mediation and Dialogue by Mark Umbreit February 13, 2018
This is what Family Innocence is about! Thank you, Mark Umbreit, for all that you do to promote restorative justice & peace in many realms. But what about restorative justice, mediation and peacemaking in families? Before things get out of hand? That is where Family Innocence comes in…
The “Cooperative Private Divorce” legislation would allow couples to form divorce agreements without filing with the court or needing a judge’s signoff. The traditional system would remain in place for others.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reinstated a defamation suit against an organization that helps victims of domestic violence, ruling that a story told by a man’s ex-wife at an awards banquet and fundraising newsletter is not protected.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame Family Innocence Fundraiser (Twins versus Kansas City 1 September) July 13, 2017
When: Friday September 1 2017
Game Time: 7:10 PM (meet to pickup tickets)
Cost : Tickets $17.00
Where: Target Field, One Twins Way , Minneapolis , MN
Bring the whole family!The Twins will welcome Family Innocence at the 7th inning stretch.Tickets available at this price but prepayment is required by Twins from Family Innocence.Register by calling Michelle at 612-554-0932.
Family Innocence Social 1 March 2017 February 28, 2017
COME JOIN US! ENJOY DELICIOUS HAMBURGERS & LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW CONFLICT AFFECTS YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY
Family Innocence Presents – Sarah Leitschuh, MA, LMFT:
A Nonprofit Dedicated To Keeping Families Out Of Court: Resolving Conflicts & Injustices Peacefully
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 5:45 pm. – 8:00 pm.
Where: Cowboy Jacks
2801 Southtown Drive
Bloomington, MN 55431
sponsored by MacDonald Law Firm, LLC
Marriage and Family Therapist will talk about the effects of divorce/custody fights on children and families