Judge Nancy Torresen, chief judge of U.S. District Court of Maine, will be the keynote speaker for “Justice Matters” Friday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon at University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program and Hutchinson Center are sponsoring the program, which will present Torresen as well as five other panelists.

Panelists include Jon Wilson, director of JUST Alternatives and chairman of Wooden Boat Publications; Judith Josiah-Martin, Ph.D., director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, University of Maine, and research adviser at Smith College; Jeff Trafton, Waldo County sheriff; Margaret Micolichek, MPA and Restorative Justice consultant; and Kevin Martin, justice activist and student. The program will be introduced by Reade Brower, entrepreneur and publisher.

Torresen worked for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine and the Maine Attorney General’s office, handling both civil cases and criminal prosecutions for 21 years before being appointed in 2011 by President Barack H. Obama to become a U.S. District Court judge; she became the first woman to sit as an Article III judge in the District of Maine since the court was established in 1789.

Since 2012, Torresen has led a federal drug court program called SWITCH (Success with the Court’s Help), which brings together the U.S. Attorney's Office, federal defender, treatment providers and the court in an attempt to help high-risk, high-needs offenders re-enter their community, conquer their addiction and become productive members of society.

The $15 registration fee (students free) covers the cost of refreshments. CEUs and contact hours available. Register at hutchinsoncenter@umaine.edu.

For more information, contact Denise Pendleton or Larraine Brown at the RJP office, 338-2742, info@rjpmidcoast.org or rjpmidcoast.org.