Wayne State University
Susan J. Butterwick


J.D., University of Toledo


 Susan Butterwick's biography on The Dispute Resolution website

Courses Taught

Practicum in Dispute Resolution


May 7, 2015
Susan J. Butterwick received a Pioneer of Peace award from the Dispute Resolution Center in Ann Arbor. The award was presented during the center's 25th anniversary celebration.

December 12, 2013
Susan J. Butterwick is the director of a new project in Washtenaw County -- a  Peacekeeping Court modeled on Native American tribal court traditions. The grant-funded court project is the first in Michigan sanctioned by the state. Peacemaking courts seek solutions that will repair the harm done from conflict in relationships, repair those relationships, and restore individuals involved to their communities or families. Types of cases suitable for the court might involve juvenile delinquency, domestic conflicts, eldercare issues or business disputes. The project is funded through a Michigan Supreme Court grant from the state's Court Performance Innovation Fund.

In The News

June 17, 2015
Susan J. Butterwick co-wrote an article, "Tribal Court Peacemaking: A Model for the Michigan State Court System?" published in the June Michigan Bar Journal.

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November 7, 2013
Susan J. Butterwick was quoted in a Legal News article titled "Healer of Controversy: New Peacemaking Court will help ease relationship conflicts." Butterwick is the director of the new court project.

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Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan