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 violent 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 and the Legal Academy" during the Restorative Justice Origins, Applications, and Futures Symposium Series hosted by UCLA School of Law's Criminal Justice Law Review and Criminal Justice Program on Nov. 10, 2021. 

  • 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

Recently Taught Courses

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