About Marty Price, J.D., Director
Martin E. Price, J.D., a social worker turned lawyer, turned mediator and peacemaker, is a nationally and internationally recognized pioneer and leader in Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution. A two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar, his teaching experience includes the Charlotte School of Law, the John F. Kennedy University of Argentina Graduate School of Law in Buenos Aires, three of the fourteen National Law Universities of India and the University of Padua in Italy. (Price takes amused pride in knowing that the University of Padua was founded in the 1200's; Galileo and Copernicus were among its faculty.)
In January 2013, "Professor Martín" will return to India to teach Restorative Justice at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research - the top-ranked law school in India, in Hyderabad. Price is the founder and director of the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Information and Resource Center, www.vorp.com, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he makes his home.
Mr. Price holds Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law) and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan He is the recipient of an Honorary Ph.D. from the John F. Kennedy University of Argentina Graduate School of Law.
MISSION: to bring restorative justice reform to our criminal justice systems, empowering victims, offenders and communities to heal the effects of crime and curb recidivism, offering society a more effective and humanistic alternative to the outcry for more prisons and more punishment.
Other Professional Experience
International Restorative Justice
- Co-founder, former board member of the non-profit Restorative Justice Resources, www.restorativejustice.info and director of its International Education and Outreach Program
- Adjunct faculty member at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, in the Social Work and Peace & Justice Studies programs
- Consultant and trainer to victim-offender mediation programs in most of the United States, the Territory of Guam, in Mexico and in Central America
- Consultant to and trainer for restorative justice work in faith communities, including Unitarian Universalist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Jewish and others
- Board member and Co-Chair of the Victim-Offender Mediation Association (VOMA), a non-profit, international, educational and advocacy organization that promotes Restorative Justice and supports victim-offender mediation and reconciliation programs
- Advisor to the Capital Restorative Justice Project in North Carolina
- Author of articles in professional and academic journals, popular and faith publications
- Media consultant to major news networks, documentaries and television series, including ABC 20/20, A&E series "Confrontation," Oprah and many others
India, 2013: Restorative Justice Project in India, Phase 2
Winter/Spring Semester, Visiting Professor, teaching Restorative Justice at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR). NALSAR is the top-ranked law school in the country. With NALSAR as his institutional foundation, Price expects to raise Restorative Justice to a level of visibility and credibility not previously possible in India. He intends to develop a program of court-based and prison-based internships where his students can make a real difference. In India, it is common for (poor) people accused of a serious crime to be in jail for as much as 10 - 20 years waiting for a trial! Meanwhile the victims and their loved ones, as well as the loved ones of the accused are all waiting for justice. Professor Price believes that Restorative Justice and student lawyers can be part of the solution. With NALSAR, Price plans to organize regional conferences and speak at a national conference to introduce Restorative Justice to High Court justices, district judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other criminal justice professionals. He will also deliver guest lectures at other Indian law schools and universities.India, 2012: Fulbright Senior Specialist, Restorative Justice Project in India. A six-month project to:
- Introduce Restorative Justice as a framework for Criminal Law Reform, Alternatives to Incarceration and Re-Examining the Death Penalty in he National Law Universities of India (of which there are fourteen) and in the criminal justice system.
- Teach culturally appropriate graduate and undergraduate courses and train faculty
- Present regional conferences, inviting judges, prosecutors, attorneys, corrections officials, counselors and other professionals concerned with criminal justice, crime victims, offenders, community leaders and concerned community members
- Speak to the Legislatures and Judiciaries at the State and Federal levels (invited)
- Establish a nation-wide Restorative Justice movement with a network of active programs sponsored and supported by the National Law Universities
Europe: In 2010, visiting professor in the Masters Degree Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Padua, in Padova, Italy. A founder and advisory board member of Mediators Without Borders, a NGO based in Italy. Served as consultant to restorative justice initiatives in Eastern Europe
South America: From 2006-2010, five extended teaching, training and speaking tours including in 2007, Fulbright Senior Specialist at the John F. Kennedy University of Argentina School of Law (Buenos Aires), teaching restorative justice in the Ph.D. program. Mediation trainer at the University of Buenos Aires Law School and at a number of Provincial Ministries of Justice Dispute Resolution Centers. Keynote speaker and trainer at the VII International Symposium on Restorative Justice, Penal Mediation and Probation in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. In 2006, restorative justice speaking tour at the request of the Ministries of Justice of Argentina and Chile, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
Teaching restorative justice as a Fulbright Scholar, Price receives an Honorary PhD from the John F. Kennedy University of Argentina Graduate School of Law, Buenos Aires.
Middle East: In 2007, Price served as a speaker and trainer at the World Mediation Forum in Jerusalem, where he had the extraordinary opportunity to meet with groups of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs who have come together as partners in bringing peace to the Middle East, applying restorative justice principles and practices.
Other notable speaking and training work:
- National Restorative Justice Conference (2007)
- Renaissance Lawyer Society "The Role of Peachemakers in Healing Polarization"
- Summer Peacemaking Camp for Lawyers (2005)
- U. S. Dept. of Justice Restorative Justice Symposium (1997)
- National Conference on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution (1993-1999)
- Annual Conference of the Victim Offender Mediation Association (1993-2007)
- Restorative Justice Roundtable of the American Probation & Parole Association (1996)
- Conference of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (1996-98)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD, 1997)
- Faculty of the National Restorative Justice Training Institute Advanced Training for the Mediation of Seriously Violent Crimes at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work (1996)
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Lyra D. Monroe is the Co-Director of the Restorative Justice Resource Center. The Center is devoted to supporting communities and individuals (including victims and offenders) to integrate restorative justice into their lives.
Lyra has over 20 years of experience working in the criminal justice community. She has worked directly with victims of violent crimes as well as offenders of violent crimes. Lyra Monroe is a trained Victim Liaison in capital murder cases. She is a certified mediator and the former director of a community mediation center. Lyra has been trained as a Victim Offender Mediator in crimes of severe violence by David Doerfler, and received the Victim Liaison training at Eastern Mennonite University taught by Howard Zehr and his associates.
Lyra has spent extensive time in Mexico and worked closely with the Human Rights Commission of Queretaro, Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. Lyra has facilitated programs at Chuckawalla Prison in an effort to decrease inmate violence. She currently leads a Victim Offender Education Group program with inmates convicted of murder and attempted murder at California Men’s Colony Prison in California. Lyra is dedicated to supporting individuals, families, and communities in healing the wounds caused by violent crime.
The Center provides information, training, public education, technical assistance, consulting and victim-offender mediation and reconciliation services. We serve non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and individuals. The Center specializes in juvenile justice and the mediation of drunk driving fatality cases and other crimes of severe violence.
Our mission is to bring restorative justice reform to our criminal justice system, to empower victims, offenders and communities to heal the effects of crime, to curb recidivism, and to offer our society a more effective and humanistic alternative to the growing outcry for more prisons and more punishment.
Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP)
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2826 Azalea Hills Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262
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