An Introduction to David Wexler, the Person Behind Therapeutic Jurisprudence
International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp 1-21, Spring 2016
22 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2016 Last revised: 22 Aug 2017
Date Written: March 1, 2016
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
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