Father Daniel Griffith portrait

Father Daniel Griffith

Wenger Family Faculty Fellow; Founding Director, Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing
Degree
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
M.A., Theology, University of St. Thomas
M. Div., University of St. Thomas
B.A., University of St. Thomas
Phone
(651) 962-4802
Mail
1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Father Daniel Griffith, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, was ordained in 2002. The youngest of nine children, Griffith grew up in Northeastern Wisconsin and is an avid golfer and sports fan who enjoys music, travel, and cooking. Fr. Griffith joined the University of St. Thomas School of Law faculty in 2011 and currently serves as the Wenger Family Faculty Fellow of Law. At UST Law, Griffith regularly teaches courses in Catholic Thought, Law, and Policy, Jurisprudence, and a new course in Restorative Justice, Law, and Healing. Fr. Griffith is also the founding director of the Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing (IRJH) which will formally launch in fall of 2021. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, IRJH seeks to respond to harm that occurs from leadership and institutional failures, racial injustice, and polarization in a way that promotes accountability and healing.

In addition to his work at St. Thomas School of Law, Griffith has served in a variety of assignments in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since ordination, including as archdiocesan delegate for safe environment in 2013 and 2014. Fr. Griffith currently serves as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis, the oldest church in Minneapolis in continuous use and the first parish in the United States to be named for the apparition in Lourdes, France. In July of 2019, Archbishop Bernard Hebda appointed Fr. Griffith archdiocesan liaison for restorative justice and healing. In this capacity, Fr. Griffith, preaches, teaches, and facilitates restorative practices in response to the harm of clergy abuse. Griffith’s work in the area of restorative justice has taken him beyond the Twin Cities where he regularly speaks and facilitates programming with Justice Janine Geske, a noted pioneer in the field.

Law Courses Taught

Catholic Thought, Law and Policy
Jurisprudence
Restorative Justice, Law and Healing


Selected Publications


Articles


Healing the Harm – the Effectiveness of Restorative Justice in Response to Clergy Abuse, Daniel Griffith, University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Fall 2020, Vol. 17:1

Harm, Healing and Culture Change: A Case Study of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Daniel Griffith, University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Forthcoming, Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Courses

Fall 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 758 - 01 Catholic Thought, Law & Policy - - - R - - - 1500 - 1755 MSL 324

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1500 - 1755

Location:

MSL 324

Course Registration Number:

45423 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith

This interdisciplinary course explores the intersection of Catholic social teaching (CST) and law. The class will examine contemporary legal and public policy issues through the prism of CST. The first, foundational section of the course covers biblical and philosophical foundations for the Catholic Church’s conceptions of justice and mercy, regulation and freedom, truth and conscience. The class will explore the fundamental principles of CST as well as the Church’s role in proposing moral principles in the public square. The second, longer section of the course involves praxis and application of principles. Students will examine specific issues through the prism of CST. These may include abortion; religious liberty; economic policy and labor rights; immigration policy; health care policy; and environmental policy. Students will explore a topic of their choosing in depth in a longer research paper as part of the course.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 800 - 01 Restorative Justice & Healing See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

45602 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith, Henry J. Shea

Restorative justice is an interdisciplinary course which explores the world-wide movement of using restorative practices to respond to harm. Restorative justice is a philosophical and practical approach to harm which seeks to bring together victim-survivors, the broader community and, in some cases, perpetrators to promote accountability and healing. The course will examine both criminal and non-criminal harm and will delve into how restorative practices are utilized as a creative and humane path to healing and, where appropriate, an alternative to punishment. Students will learn what restorative justice is, its foundations, and its broad applications in society and law. Additionally, through the course, students will engage various guest speakers who have experienced or used restorative practices as an instrument of justice and restoration. Practitioners who are expert in the field will teach students through group exercises skills and practices that are integral to the effective use of restorative justice. Lastly, students will learn about the nature of harm and its effects and will explore the role of the lawyer as healer and the related values and skills that attend this vocation.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
0800-1700M T W R F - -
-10 Sep '21
-17 Sep '21
-22 Nov '21
LAWS 950 - 08 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

45617 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Daniel F. Griffith

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2022 Courses

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