Mary Louise Frampton

Opening up, students transform a vicious circle

Mary Louise Frampton quoted in The New York Times, April 3, 2013

But restorative justice is not a quick fix, teachers’ union officials and legal experts warn. “You’re changing a culture that has been in place for a long time,” said Mary Louise Frampton, an adjunct law professor. “It’s a multiyear process.”

Herma Hill Kay, Stephen Sugarman, and Mary Louise Frampton Influence CA Law

San Francisco Chronicle, February 26, 2012 by Mary Louise Frampton

Our scholarship has led to state and national social reforms. Herma Hill Kay, a former dean and professor, co-authored California’s no-fault divorce law, calling it a “movement whose time had come.”

Professors John Coons and Stephen Sugarman argued successfully for K-12 financial reform based on the Constitution’s “equal protection” clause. Lawmakers “embraced the idea of education equity,” says Sugarman.

Our public education lens today is focused on “restorative justice.” Considered unconventional by some educators, that’s a disciplinary tactic that encourages accountability and relationship building instead of harsh punishment. Results from our first-ever empirical study are dramatic: In one West Oakland middle school, suspensions dropped by 87 percent, and expulsions dropped to zero.

Mary Louise Frampton Comments on Gang Injunctions

San Francisco Bay View, May 4, 2011 by Gabrielle Wilson

Mary Louise Frampton, faculty director of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, who sponsored a community forum on restorative justiceā€¦. says, “Too much of our state economy feeds off the incarceration of youth. Those who work in that capacity should be retrained.”