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Restorative Justice in New Zealand: A Model for US Criminal Justice

Prepared by Donald J. Schmid, August 2001

About the author

Donald Shmid is an Assistant US Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, in South Bend. He has prosecuted major public corruption cases as well as large drug, violent crime, and white collar fraud cases. Donald has been a prosecutor with the US Department of Justice since 1994 and has received numerous awards for his prosecution work including the Inspector General's Integrity Award. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he was a trial and appellate attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, California. Donald received his Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Michigan in 1985, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1982, where he graduated summa cum laude. During Donald's Ian Axford Fellowship exchange to New Zealand he was based at the Ministry of Justice in Wellington, where he researched pioneering New Zealand restorative justice programmes including family group conferences for youth offenders and court-referred restorative justice conferences for adult offenders.

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