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Skidmore College
Project on Restorative Justice


Raising Public Awareness About Injustice and Restorative Solutions

The goal of this public education project is to increase overall awareness of legal policy and to facilitate discussion toward the reform of the criminal justice system.

Our public conferences, lectures, and informal dialogues are designed for students, members of the academic, faith, and legal communities, and the general public. They especially welcome crime victims, the formerly incarcerated, and their families. Scholarships are available for anyone who wishes to attend a conference but is unable to pay for the cost of registration, meals, and lodging.

The title In Our Name stems from the belief that public education about our nation's justice system is essential for the preservation of liberty and necessary to ensure accountability by all to the rule of law. Every time a warrant is issued, an investigation takes place, an arrest is made, an indictment is handed up, a plea entered, a trial conducted, a verdict reached, a sentence imposed, and a cell door slammed shut, it is done by our public officials. Thus, it is done "in our name" - in the name of each and every member of our society.

Francis Zarro, JD, MPAFrank

In Our Name Initiative

Frank Zarro, founder of the In Our Name initiative, is Advisor to the Management Committee of First Fairfield Associates, a private social enterprise firm located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  His other activities in Saratoga Springs include creating and presenting programs on social justice issues at Caffe Lena, the legendary folk music venue, and organizing lecture programs at Skidmore College. He helped to create the Skidmore College Restorative Justice Project and serves as the project’s director of legislative initiatives and civic learning. Frank has taught administrative law at Pace University and college-level courses, including legal research and a law library clinic, for incarcerated individuals at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton, N.Y., and Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.  At Mount McGregor, he led a law library workshop that brought a 2010 federal civil rights action challenging the disproportionate racial composition of the New York State prison population and assisted in a about 200 state and federal post conviction proceedings and direct appeals per month over a six year period. He also developed and taught a course curriculum for incarcerated veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces whose service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance-abuse problems led to their arrest and conviction by civilian authorities after their return from service. He has taught additional courses in the prison system in such areas as literature, history, government, and business. Frank has held various management and planning positions in the New York State Unified Court System and has served as director of development and special projects for the New York State Defenders Association, where he helped to create the Veterans Defense Program. Frank received a master’s degree in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. 

Public Conferences

Criminal Justice Reform: Motivating and Mobilizing the Faith Community for Restorative Justice

March 2016
Bethesda Episcopal Church
Saratoga Springs, NY

Restorative Practices for Youth: Building Relationships in Schools, Juvenile Justice, and Communities
October 2015
Skidmore College

Capital Region Restorative Justice Conference
September 2013
Skidmore College

When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Gets Arrested - From Honor to Dishonor and Back Again
May 2013
Greenwich, NY

Restoring Justice in America
August 2012
Greenwich, NY

Public Lectures

Hosted at Skidmore College, these lectures about restorative justice are free and open to the public.


Informal Public Dialogues

We have teamed up with the folk music venue, Caffe Lena, in Saratoga Springs to host informal public dialogues about restorative justice and various social injustices.