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Placemaking and Peacemaking: Restorative Strategies for Communities & Crime

Friday, April 03, 2020
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Hamline University Anderson Center
774 Snelling Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Hamline University Center for Justice and Law presents

Placemaking and Peacemaking: Restorative Strategies for Communities and Crime

This half-day conference will focus on placemaking and peacemaking strategies nationally, and discuss opportunities to implement peacemaking locally.

Placemaking goes back to the 1960s, based on the belief that the best indicator of the resiliency and safety of a neighborhood is the vitality of its public life. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice focused on healing and community restoration, rather than punishment. (Center for Court Innovation)

2.5 hours of continuing education credits are available (see below for more details).


12:30 - 1:00 pm: Check-in

1:00 - 1:30 pm: Introduction to Placemaking by James Brodick

Center for Court Innovation's Director of Community Development and Crime Prevention, New York, NY

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Peacemaking Overview with Brett Taylor

Senior Advisor for Problem-Solving Justice for the Center for Court Innovation, New York, NY

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Peacemaking in action with Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera

Senior Program Associate at Red Hook Community Justice Center, Brooklyn NY

2:30 - 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 - 3:15 pm: Peacemaking at Little Earth in Minneapolis with Shelly Schaefer and Margarita Ortega

Professor and Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University; Little Earth Community Representative

3:15 - 4:00 pm: Questions and Answers


James Brodick

James Brodick is the Center for Court Innovation’s director of community development and crime prevention. James leads the Center's work on a range of community development and crime-prevention initiatives in New York City, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center, Harlem Community Justice Center, Queens Youth Justice Center, Neighbors in Action, Cure Violence (South Bronx, Crown Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant), and the Mayor’s Office Neighborhood Safety Initiatives. James leads a team of senior staff members to define a vision for the Center’s involvement in community-based crime prevention and to ensure its work remains at the cutting-edge of the field. James is also responsible for implementing a range of data-driven methods to measure the effectiveness of our crime-prevention work. Since joining the Center in 1998, James has held numerous leadership roles including director of NYC Community Courts, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and NYC Community Cleanup, and he was the lead planner and inaugural director of the Brownsville Community Justice Center. James is a graduate of Saint John's University and is a New York State certified mediator.

Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is Senior Advisor for Problem-Solving Justice for the Center for Court Innovation. He formerly was the Center’s Deputy Director of National Technical Assistance and the Director of Operations for the Center's Tribal Justice Exchange. Brett currently provides technical assistance to the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Los Angeles site. He also works with numerous states, cities, and tribes on creating justice system strategic plans and needs assessments. He has been the lead planner on several community courts across the country. Brett was an original planner of the Red Hook Peacemaking Program that launched in 2013. He was an attendance court hearing officer at P.S. 27 in Brooklyn from 2007-2010. Before joining the Center in 2007, Brett was the senior defense attorney for more than six years at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY and was a senior trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn the previous 10 years. From 2000-2015 he was an organizer and coach in the Red Hook Youth Baseball League. He also was a Red Hook Youth Court trainer. Brett holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera

Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera is a senior program associate with the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s Peacemaking Program in Brooklyn, New York. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American form of achieving justice that focuses on healing and restoration. Peacemaking brings together people who are in conflict, along with family members and other members of the community who have been affected by the dispute. Ms. Renaud-Rivera coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Peacemaking program, including managing referrals from the court, probation, police, schools and community members. Ms. Renaud-Rivera also conducts new participant intakes, facilitates circles alongside trained Peacemakers, and provides case updates to the court or referring agency. Additionally, Ms. Renaud-Rivera organizes Peacemaking fundraisers and events, including an annual trip of Peacemakers, participants and community partners to the National Museum of African American History in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the Peacemaking team, Ms. Renaud-Rivera was a Red Hook Responder, responsible for serving unmet social needs in the community and helping residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. Before joining the Justice Center, she worked as a department of mental health crisis counselor and counseled those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Prior to that position, she was a parent coordinator with the Board of Education. Ms. Renaud-Rivera received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, and is a proud, long-time Red Hook resident.

Shelly Schaefer

Shelly Schaefer is an Associate Professor of criminology in Hamline's Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Professor Schaefer specializes in juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, sociology of punishment, and policy evaluation. Dr. Schaefer is the Principal Investigator for the Bureau of Justice Assistance Community Based Crime Reduction Grant in partnership with the Little Earth of United Tribes community, City of Minneapolis Attorney’s Office, and the Minneapolis Police Department.

Margarita Ortega

Her name is Waabanobenesiik (Eastern Thunderbird). She was born and raised in the Little Earth Community. She is the 3rd generation of her family to settle here and now raises her 4th generation in the same community. She has been involved in many different community efforts in Little Earth and the surrounding community since she was 15 years old. As a community organizer, she has worked in her community to create a stronger, healthier future for all the residents and future generations. Currently, she serves the Little Earth Resident Association as the Senior Executive Assistant.

Continuing Education:

2.5 hours of continuing education is available from the following boards:

  • MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) (pending)
  • MN Board of Social Work
  • MN Board of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) (pending)
  • MN Educator Licensing and Board of Teaching

If you need a different board approved for continuing education, please send us an email at

Individuals who are seeking credit for continuing education must purchase the CLE/CEU ticket in order to receive a certificate of attendance. Continuing Education certificates will be provided within two weeks of the event to individuals who purchase the "continuing education ticket" and check-in at the event!

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