Jonathan Scharrer

Clinical Associate Professor


J.D., Marquette University School of Law, 2008
Graduate Certificate-Dispute Resolution, Marquette University Graduate School, 2008
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005


Jonathan Scharrer is the Director of the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School's Frank J. Remington Center. He has extensive experience as a facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in sensitive and serious crimes and as a trainer in a variety of restorative justice practices. Jonathan is active in examining criminal justice policy--with a focus on victim-empowerment and addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system--and has helped design and implement multiple restorative justice diversion programs and restorative responses to crime. Additionally, Jonathan currently serves as a member of the advisory council for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

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Research Interests

  • Restorative Justice
  • Public Policy and Criminal Justice Reform
  • RJ in Higher Education
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System" during the 2021 Wisconsin County Association Annual Conference on Sept. 27, 2021.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Understanding Post-Sentencing Restorative Justice" during a virtual Reentry Lunch and Learn Program hosted by the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and Development on Aug. 19, 2021.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Victim-Offender Dialogue & Restorative Justice" during the 2021 Victims of Crime Conference on Aug. 25, 2021.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented “Restorative Justice Applications to the Criminal Justice System” during a Zoom webinar of the La Crosse County Bar Association on April 19, 2021. 

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented “Beyond Burnout: Resiliency, Self-Care, Moral Injury & Vicarious Trauma” during a Zoom webinar with the University of Denver College of Law on March 23, 2021. 

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented the keynote at the first annual Restorative Justice Summit, organized by UW's Community Youth Development program. His presentation was titled “Making Youth Courts More Restorative.”

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented “Restorative Justice Applications in the Criminal Justice System” in February 2020, as part of UW-Madison’s Badger Talks series.

  • Jonathan Scharrer presented "Restorative Justice in Serious Crime" at the Wisconsin Serving Victims of Crime Conference, held in August.

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Teaching Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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