Useful Materials

David T. Deal, “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” latest version appears in Kentucky Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law Sections September 17, 2020, Zoom webinar (materials used available on request).

David T. Deal, “Primer on Restorative Justice,” most recent version revised August 2020; available on request and includes: e.g., a brief history of restorative justice; a comparison of three dispute resolution processes (i.e., traditional criminal law, restorative justice, and mediation) in the United States; Best Practices; handling forgiveness issues; collected restorative justice resources; and an annotated selective bibliography (available on request).

Selected Bibliography (See Bibliography under About Me section below)

Key Organization Links

Restorative Justice Online,; offers a world view of restorative justice news, including a searchable Online RJ Library of over 9,000 items, including many school-related materials.

International Institute for Restorative Practices,; includes a searchable online IIRP Collection containing many school-related items; see also

National Association for Community and Restorative Justice,; holds 3-day national conference every 2 years; its eclectic program includes government programs, faith-based programs, indigenous practices, and current research.

Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia,



    Guest speaker for “Introduction to Restorative Justice” presentation for George Washington University law School ADR class, an annual event since 2012.
    March 2021

    Participate in London-based Forgiveness Project skill-based course “Working with Stories of Lived Experience” focused on using storytelling as  a transformative tool for change. Comprising four 3.5 hour online sessions (and and micro-experiments between sessions) for a class capped at 22 members during February and March 2021, the online course, accredited through the National Council for Psychotherapists, is directed at practitioners in fields such as Criminal Justice, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice, and Restorative Peace Building, which employ storytelling to address issues like forgiveness, trauma, shame and resilience.
    February 2021


    As guest speaker offered for the third time  “Introduction to Restorative Justice” presentation for George Mason University graduate class “Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization Contexts”.
    October 2020

    Served as joint facilitator in demonstration case handled by Arlington County, Virginia’s progressive “RJ Arlington” restorative justice program.
    September 2020

    Delivered 90-minute Zoom webinar for Kentucky Bar Association, “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” for 80-participant group of lawyers and mediators; materials include a recently revised 14-page “Restorative Justice Primer,” 2-page outline, and Power Point slides, all of which are available upon request.
    September 2020

    Delivered most updated version of “Introduction to Restorative Justice” presentation for George Washington University law students, a presentation delivered every Spring since 2012.
    April 2020

    Began remote mediation of small  claims cases in Washington, DC.
    March 2020


    Facilitated myriad small claims and truancy cases for District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division.

    Delivered practice-oriented presentation at Virginia Mediation Network Fall conference, “Managing Forgiveness Issues in Mediation: Respecting Self-Determination.”
    September 2019