Author to visit BenU for talk on justice, mercy and making peace with a murderer

February 18, 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ For nearly two decades, Jeanne Bishop never uttered the name of the man who killed her sister, brother-in-law and their unborn child.

Then a few years ago, Bishop found herself staring into the eyes of David Biro at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill.

She was there to learn more about Biro, who was now serving three life sentences without parole in an attempt to reconcile with him for what he had done while a 16-year-old student at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

Bishop will discuss her relationship with Biro and the treatment of juvenile offenders within the criminal justice system in “Restorative Justice – Justice, Mercy and Making Peace,” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium at Benedictine University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bishop is the author of “Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace,” which chronicles her life as a criminal defense attorney and her spiritual journey to move beyond forgiveness to confront and reconcile with a murderer. It also examines the larger issues of restorative justice, life sentences and incarceration within the criminal justice system.

Bishop was once a supporter of the sentence her sister’s killer received and resigned to never speak his name or engage with him. Then she read a passage in a book that enlightened her to the responsibilities of Christians to reconcile with those who have wronged them.

Today, Bishop is an adjunct professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at Northwestern University, and a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and School of Law. She is a recipient of the School of Law’s Public Service Award and the Brigid Award from Concern Worldwide U.S., an international humanitarian organization that works to transform the lives of the world’s poorest people.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University. For more information, contact Carmen Martinez at (630) 829-6230 or cmartinez@ben.edu.

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 Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.

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