Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Geske to receive first Ambassador of Peace Award from St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, September 6, 2007
by Katrina Marshall, katrina.marshall@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The first St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award will be conferred on the Honorable Janine P. Geske, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, at a ceremony and reception to be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Hendrickson Dining Room in the Bemis International Center at St. Norbert College on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, the eve of the International Day of Peace. On Friday morning, Sept. 21, Janine Geske will present a workshop on Restorative Justice from 9-11 a.m. in the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union at the College. Both the reception and the workshop are free and open to the public.

In spring 2007, St. Norbert College announced the inauguration of the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award that will annually recognize and honor an individual who exemplifies St. Norbert's commitment to reconciliation and peacemaking. St. Norbert College is named after Norbert of Xanten, who lived from 1080 until 1134 and was the founder of a Religious Order known as the Praemonstratensians or the Norbertines. As the Archbishop of Magdeburg, Germany, St. Norbert had a ministry of
peacemaking. He was instrumental in resolving conflicts within the Catholic Church. Norbert worked to maintain and strengthen peace between the German Emperor and the Pope. In his travels he was known to solve conflict among people in the towns he visited. His mission was well known as the citizens who "devoutly received [him] because they had heard he was a bearer of the Word of God and a bringer of tranquil peace." St Norbert College thus claims peacemaking as an aspect of its heritage.

As the first St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace, Justice Geske has demonstrated the qualities of a peacemaker through her life of service as well as her work in restorative justice. Within the Green Bay Correctional Institution she brings victims, offenders and community members together to focus on victim's needs and the offender's responsibility for repairing harm. She teaches the foundations of restorative justice at Marquette University Law School and presents to national audiences. The Honorable Janine Geske has maintained a commitment to Christian peace building in the spirit of St. Norbert at individual and community levels.

Justice Geske graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching, and received her J.D. from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. She currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, her alma mater. In addition to having received numerous awards and recognitions, including being recognized in the 2005-2006, 2006-2007 Best Lawyers in America for her work in alternative dispute resolution, Geske is a member of the Wisconsin Bar, the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Supreme Court.