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Retired federal judge goes back to university to tackle next challenge – Folio

September 12 2019

Influential Indigenous judge retires from Federal Court of Canada to promote Aboriginal restorative justice through graduate studies.

Among the thousands of new students on campus this week is one you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see.

A 75-year old just-retired judge is heading back to campus.

Justice Leonard (Tony) Mandamin, who sat on the Federal Court of Canada bench for 12 years, will dive into another significant intellectual challenge—earning a master’s degree in Native studies.

“I have a strong interest in the re-emergence of Aboriginal restorative justice,” wrote Mandamin in his thesis proposal. He intends to identify the common elements of Aboriginal restorative justice initiatives across Canada so they will be recognized by the criminal justice system and adopted more broadly.

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