Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Criminal Law Practice, and Relationship-Centered Lawyering
David B. Wexler
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; University of Puerto Rico - School of Law
April 14, 2010
Chapman Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 2, p. 93, 2011
Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No 09-29
This brief essay, prepared for a Chapman law school conference on therapeutic juriprudence and problem-solving courts, suggests that a therapeutic jurisprudence approach to criminal lawyering is consistent with notions of zealous advocacy, and that such an approach to criminal lawyering also fits nicely within an emerging framework of 'relationship-centered' lawyering. Relationship-centered lawyering is consistent with client-centered lawyering in exactly the same way that therapeutic jurisprudence lawyering is consistent with zealous advocacy: both approaches add a rich, interdisciplinary, and holistic ingredient to the traditional approach. Moreover, in the criminal law context, a relationship-centered approach will encourage therapeutic jurisrudence thinking to examine the role of the prosecutor, an area that has thus far not attracted sufficient academic attention. The present essay provides some examples from the prosecutorial arena and urges further development of therapeutic jurisprudence studies along those lines.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, relationship-centered lawyering, criminal law, prosecutors
Date posted: August 17, 2009 ; Last revised: April 17, 2011
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