An Introduction to David Wexler, the Person Behind Therapeutic Jurisprudence

International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp 1-21, Spring 2016

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2016-13

22 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2016 Last revised: 22 Aug 2017

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Constance Backhouse

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

The author is a legal historian and writer of biographies who, in this short essay, has turned her attention to the work of one legal scholar, David B. Wexler, and his role in the development of the interdisciplinary field of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ). The essay traces TJ's roots back to Wexler's undergraduate and law school education, but especially notes its emergence from his early academic work at the University of Arizona in mental health law. It pays close attention to Wexler's academic partnership with the late University of Miami law professor Bruce Winick , a close friend and academic partner, and describes how Wexler and Winick nourished the field through their close contact with mental health law professors and then with interdisciplinary and international scholars, judges, and practitioners. The essay tries to capture the richness and breadth of TJ and to bring it to life through an examination of various stages of Wexler's academic life, both in Arizona and now in Puerto Rico.

Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, legal history, biography, David Wexler

Suggested Citation

Backhouse, Constance, An Introduction to David Wexler, the Person Behind Therapeutic Jurisprudence (March 1, 2016). International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp 1-21, Spring 2016, Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2016-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2747488

Constance Backhouse (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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