Past JSA Conferences

2020 Conference Cancelled due to the covid pandemic



2019 Conference    2019 JSA Final Program

Conference Theme: Public Good: Capitalism, Govt. & Justice

Site: Bridgewater State University
Conference Dates: May 30-June 1, 2019
Keynote Speakers: Jason Hackworth


2018 Conference    2018 JSA Final Program

Conference Theme: SANCTUARY

Site: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Conference Dates: June 6-9, 2018
Keynote Speakers: Luis Fernandez

2017 Conference    2017 JSA Final Program

Conference Theme: Water, Sounds, and Justice on the Ground: Intersecting Lives & Social Transformation

Site: Wayne State University, Detroit
Conference Dates: June 1-3, 2017
Keynote Speakers: Ronald Simpson-Bey and Monica Jahner

2016 Conference       2016 Final JSA Program

Conference Theme: Injustice, Inequality, Insecure Lives: Creating Social Justice
Site: University at Albany
Conference Dates: June 1-4, 2016
Keynote Speakers: Steve Gottlieb and Robin Casarjian

2015 Conference       JSA Final Program 2015
Conference Theme: Justice/Injustice:Complexities of Race
Site: Bridgewater State University
Conference Dates: May 28 – 30
Keynote Speaker: Andrea Smith

2014 Conference        2014 Final JSA Program

Conference Theme: “Revisiting to Revisioning: Restorative Justice to Transformative Justice”
Site: Towson University
Conference Dates: May 29 – 31
Keynote Speaker: Larry Tifft

2013 Conference
Conference Theme: “Family and Community in a Fractured World: Rooting for Justice, Restoring the Roots”
Site: Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2012 Conference
Conference Theme: “Justice and Work”
Site: Loyola University Chicago
Conference Dates: May 30 – June 1

2011 Conference
Conference Theme: “Unlocking the Prisons of our Lives
Site: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Conference Dates: June 9 – 11
Keynote Speakers: Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program creator Lori Pompa and Tyrone Werts

 2010 Conference
Conference Theme: “Reducing Social Harm: Seeking Just Living in our Communities and Ourselves”
Site: University of Tennesse, Knoxville
Conference Dates: June 2 – 5 2010
Keynote Speakers: Prison re-entry advocate Lyle Wildes, author and advocate Suzanne Pharr

2009 Conference
Conference Theme: “Immigration, Sanctuary and Worlds without Borders”
Site: Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany, New York
Conference Dates: May 27-30
Keynote Speakers: Editors/Founders of Rethinking Schools and Scott Ainslie, Blues Guitarist & Historian

2008 Conference
Conference Theme: “Democracy, How? Justice & Democracy in 2008 ”
Site: George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Conference Dates: June 4-7
Keynote Speakers: David Gil, Professor & Author

 2007 Conference
Conference Theme:“The Poor in the Lap of Luxury: Responding to Inequalities ”
Site: Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
Conference Dates: June 7-9
Keynote Speakers: Marv Davidov, Activist and Ann Withorn, Professor and Author

 2006 Conference
Conference Theme: “Where Do the Children Play?: Considering Future Generations through Peace, and Social and Restorative Justice.”
Site: University of California, Berkeley
Conference Dates: June 8-10
Keynote Speakers: Tony Platt
Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow

 2005 Conference
Conference Theme: The Birth of a New World: Creating Justice-For-All, Sustainable Communities
Site: University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Conference Dates: June 2-4
Keynote Speakers: Faith Petric
Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow

2004 Conference
Conference Theme: Examining Daily Life in a World of Increasing Militarism, Inequality, and Adversarial Justice: Possibilities for Social and Restorative Justice
Site: Edgewood College, Madison, WI
Conference Dates: June 3-5
Keynote Speaker: Edward T. Chambers

2003 Conference
Conference Theme:
Through the Prism of Gender and Culture: Social Inequalities and Restorative Justice in the 21st Century
Site: Best Western Hotel, Albany, NY
Conference Dates: May 28-June 1
Keynote Speakers:Maarit Kohonen, of Finland, Human Rights Officer
at the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations,
Richard Quinney, Sociologist/Criminologist/Photographer
Arundhati Roy, Peace/Human Rights Activist

2002 Conference
Conference Theme: Justice in the Face of Globalization: Implications for Criminal, Social and Restorative Justice           Site: Eastland Park Hotel, Portland, ME
Conference Dates: May 30-June 1
Keynote Speakers:Dee Clarke, Portland Organization to Win Economic Rights (P.O.W.E.R.)
Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow

2001 Conference
Conference Theme: Restorative Justice: Seeds of Social Revolution or Just Another Correctional Alternative?
Site: Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Conference Dates: May 30-June 1
Keynote Speakers:Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Harvard School of Public Health

2000 Conference
Conference Theme: Confronting Processes and Institutions of Power: Where Restorative Justice and Social Justice Meet.
Site: Ramada Inn, Albany, New York
Conference Dates: May 31-June 2
Keynote Speakers: Robert Renny Cushing, Executive Director, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation
Daniel Berrigan, Writer, Activist, and Jesuit

1999 Conference
Conference Theme:
The Next Wave of Restorative Justice: CommunityJustice or Just Community? Lessons from Indigenous Cultures
Site: Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
Conference Dates: June 2-3.
Keynote Speakers:James Zion, Solicitor of the Navajo Nation Court, Window Rock, AZ
Scott Schaeffer, Duffy, Worchester MA Catholic Worker

1998 Conference
Conference Theme:The future of the Justice Studies Association
Site: Saint Anslem College, Manchester, New Hampshire
Keynote Speaker: No speaker this year.
Note: Only a handful of people were invited.
Those present were:David Karp Skidmore College; Javier Treviño, Wheaton College; Peter Sanzen, Hudson Valley Community College; Peter Cordella and Polly Smith, Saint Anselm College; Dennis Sullivan, Institute for Economic and Restorative Justice; Fred Boehrer and Diana Conroy, the Albany Catholic Worker; Frank Kirkpatrick, Trinity College, CT

1997 Conference
Conference Theme:Justice Without Violence: Views From PeacemakingCriminology and Restorative Justice
Site: Ramada Inn, Albany, New York
Conference Dates: June 5-7
Keynote Speaker: David Gil, Brandeis University