The North Carolina Central University Department of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce that Rhonda Gillespie Raney will serve as the director of the North Carolina Restorative Justice Project. This project will provide education, training and student and faculty-supported restorative justice facilitation services as an alternative dispute resolution and mediation practice. The project will operate primarily through a referral network of cases from the juvenile court system, local schools, university and the wider community. This victim/offender-centered mediation approach is designed to bring parties together to address harm and promote responsibility, accountability and restoration.
Raney received her law degree from The College of William & Mary and began her legal career in Daytona Beach, Fla., as a litigator and mediator with the law firm of Seitz, Tresher & Raney. She has served in various executive positions in government and in the private sector, including the N.C. Bar Association, the N.C. Justice Center and N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission. She has about 10 years of experience as a lobbyist as well as an extensive background in education and criminal justice policy. She is an experienced instructor and is a certified criminal justice trainer in the area of law. Before coming to NCCU, she served as deputy secretary in the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.