If there are any announcements that you would like included on this page
us and let us know. Thank you.
- 12 April 2010
David Wexler gave an interview of NPR's State of Affairs earlier this
month. To listen to it or read a summary of the discussion click on this page.
- 2 December 2009
- The Chief Justice of Victoria, Australia, Marilyn Warren, launched a
new bench book to aid judges and magistrates to apply therapeutic
jurisprudence (TJ) principles in judging in problem-solving courts and in
mainstream lists. The title of the bench book is "Solution-Focused
Judging Bench Book." A pdf copy of the bench book is available for
download without charge from: http://www.aija.org.au/Solution%20Focused%20BB/SFJ%20BB.pdf.
And, a hard copy of the bench book may be purchased from the AIJA (www.aija.org.au).
- The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration has now made
available online, for download free of charge, an excellent monograph
consisting of 14 of the papers presented at the 2006 perth international
TJ conference. The monograph can be accessed athttp://www.aija.org.au/aija-publications/aija-publ
3-transforming-legal-processes-in-court-and-beyond.html [www.aija.org.au] There is a rich variety of TJ
topics from authors across the globe.
- We have a new guest column up on our
website. Written by long-time
TJ author, Michael Perlin, "A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Inquiry Into the
Roles of Dignity and Humiliation in the Law" is a look at how TJ can help
assess the role that the law plays in ensuring the dignaty of all
- 3 November 2009
We now have a forum set up for the attorneys and practitioners to discuss
how they are using TJ in their practices. Please see our page on the TJ
- 1 April 2009
- There is now a blog on therapeutic jurisprudence on the Cutting Edge
Law website. It is at:
The blog aims to share news about TJ---conferences,
publications, events---and the latest developments in the field. Bruce
Winick and David Wexler have generously agreed to inform your blogger
about such matters to provide content for the blog! Other contributions
about any TJ news or thoughts about TJ will also be most gratefully
received. The site is meant to supplement existing resources on
therapeutic jurisprudence. It also aims to share thoughts, observations
(and, where appropriate, feelings!) about TJ---this being a blog rather
than a scholarly journal. It aims to inform and stimulate further thought
and exchange of views about TJ and its application. The entries are
intended to be wide-reaching in their subject matter and will include
observations on the application of TJ to broad areas of the law,
including problem solving courts (eg, drug courts), commercial law,
victims of crime, Indigenous issues, judging, legal practice, legal
education etc. Entries will be on a regular basis but not according to a
fixed schedule. The first blog entry provides a short overview of TJ.
- Studying Therapeutic Jurisprudence in London
In July, 2009, the University of Miami School of Law will present a 3
credit course in therapeutic jurisprudence that will be taught by Profs.
Bruce J. Winick and David B. Wexler, the co-founders of the field. The
course is open to law students in the U.S. and elsewhere, to graduate
students and professors in law, psychology, criminology, sociology,
psychiatry, philosophy, and other disciplines, and to lawyers, judges,
psychologists, psychiatrists, and those working in law enforcement and
the courts. The course may be taken for credit or non-credit. For more
information on the course, or to sign up please see the website at http://www.law.miami.edu/summer-abroad/
- 26 August 2008
- We have a new guest column written by George
Pulikuthiyil of the Jananeethi Institute available. It is a wonderful description
of how their program uses Therapeutic Jurisprudence to further their goals of
healing their clients while enforcing their legal rights.
- The Thomas Jefferson Law Review's Special Issue on Therapeutic Jurisprudence,
30 Thomas Jefferson Law Review #2 (Spring 2008), has been published and is
available online at the review's website, http://www.tjeffersonlrev.org. The issue
contains 13 articles presented in the TJ miniconference in Padua,Italy during the
summer of 2007. The authors are a very international and interdisciplinary group,
with backgrounds in law, psychology, social work, medicine/public health, and
coming from the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Israel, and Sweden.
- 15 May 2008
We have a new guest column available. Written by Judge Lerner-Wren it
explores the use of TJ in a general jurisdiction court. It's
wonderful to see the use of TJ spreading from the specialized courts
into the general jurisdiction ones. There is also a new course listed in
our Courses and Law School Groups section from Hamline University.
- 30 April 2008
We have added a wonderful new course being taught online in the
fall of 2008. Prof. Deborah Dorfman will be teaching the course entitled
Therapeutic Jurisprudence. For more information please see the Upcoming Events page or the NYLS website at www.nyls.edu/mdl.
- 13 February 2008
- 10 January 2008
The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary
Therapeutic Jurisprudence Program is pleased to announce the creation of
William & Mary Law School's Student Scholarship on Therapeutic
Jurisprudence. For more information please see our linking page.
- 11 October 2007
The 2008 TJ Conference in conjunction with the John Jay College of
Criminal Justice call for abstracts has been posted on the Upcoming Events page. We are very excited to host
this confrence in a bilingual setting and hope that you will be able to
join us in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 9-11, 2008.
- 18 August 2007
Therapeutic Jurisprudence Clearinghouse is now up and running!
Co-sponsored by the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration it
is a great resource for information on TJ in Australasia. Many thanks to
Michael King and everyone he has been working with for getting this site
up. If you are doing any TJ work in Australasia make sure to check out
the site and the wealth of information it hosts.
- 21 June 2007
It is now possible to order the monograph of papers from the Third
International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence held in Perth in
June 2006. It contains a selection of papers from the conference, on key
areas of the law, presented by presenters from Australia and the Pacific,
North America, Asia and Africa. The publication details are: Reinhardt G
and Cannon A (eds) Transforming Legal Processes in Court and Beyond (AIJA,
2007). The cost of the monograph is $AUD 45---which includes postage only
for orders from within Australia. The monograph has just been included in
the list of publications on the AIAJ website:
To order the monograph from outside Australia, please email:
To order from within
Australia follow the instructions on the website.
- List of Papers in the Monograph
- Country and Healing: An Indigenous Perspective--Ambelin
- Domestic Violence in South Africa: A View on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
and Human Rights Protection of the Female Victim--Ingrid Sinclair and Anel
- Reconnection to Community as a Sentencing Tool--Annette Hennessy
- International Criminal Justice and the Promise of Therapeutic
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Providing Some Answers to the Neutrality
Dilemma in Court-Connected Mediation--Kathy Douglas and Rachael Field
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Pakistan: Juvenile Delinquency and the
Role of the Defense Lawyer--Muhammad Ahmad Munir
- A Drug Court A Police Perspective-- Julia Foster
- The Peacemaking Virtues of Good Lawyers in the Adversarial
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Magistrates Court: Some Issues of
Practice and Principle--Andrew Cannon
- Disciplinary Investigations and Hearings: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- The Synergy Between Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Drug Treatment
Courts--Peggy Fulton Hora
- Mirroring the Stages of Change in the Establishment of Problem Solving
Courts--Michael S King and Lynton Piggott
- Magistrates, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Social Change--Sharyn Roach
Anleu and Kathy Mack
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence Victoria: Feelin' Groovy?--Jelena Popovic
- 25 January 2007
We have updated many areas of the website extensively. These include new
courses and a new TJ student group on our Courses page, more events on our
upcoming events page, programs from the 1998, 2001, and 2006 TJ
Conferences, and more. As always, if you see any errors or omissions
please contact email@example.com.
- 21 April 2006
We have several exciting updates on the website now.
- The Florida Coastal Law Review inaugurated its "Therapeutic
Jurisprudence Review" in its last issue, Volume 7(1), Summer 2005. The
inaugural issue contains an introduction by Professors Stephen Durden and
Susan Daicoff, and two essays, one by Jennifer Marie Sanchez on TJ and
Due Process in the Juvenile Parole Revocation Process, and One by David
Wexler, 'A Tripartite Framework for Incorporating Therapeutic
Jurisprudence in Criminal Law Education, Research, and Practice.
- The Georgia State University Law Review: "Symposium: Therapeutic
Approaches to Conflict Resolution in Health Care Settings" Volume 21(4),
(Summer, 2005) is also out and cited in the cumulative bibliography.
- There are several new articles in Urdu listed in the
- We have also added law school courses on TJ at Fordham University and
Touro Law Center in our Courses and Law School
Groups on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- We are a little over 6 weeks away from the start of the 3rd
International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence and things are
looking great. We have over 160 registrations and over 40 presentations
for them to choose from! The conference brochure and program are being
regularly updated and can be downloaded from www.aija.org.au/TJ.
- 15 August 2005
- The 3rd International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence is in a
little less than a year and the call for papers is up! For more
information please see the
- The Hon. Muhammad Amir Munir of Pakistan has written the second in
our series of guest columns. This one
entitled "The TJ Elements in Juvenile Justice System of Pakistan Problems
for a Juvenile Court to Act Therapeutically," is an interesting
description about trying to apply TJ to the legal system in Pakistan.
- The St Thomas Law Review (Miami,Florida) is about to release an
exciting special issue on Therapeutic
Jurisprudence and Clinical Legal Education and Legal Skills Training.
Subscribers to Lexis or Westlaw are now able to access it from those
services. Hard copies may be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org For
within the US, the issue can be acquired for US $15, which includes the
cost of postage and handling. Please email the law review to ascertain
the additional postage cost for orders outside the US. Also, the review
may, on request, be able to email electronic versions of select articles
to interested readers.
- Natasha Bahkt has recently published with the Hon. Paul Bently a paper
in the Commonwealth Judicial Journal entitled "Problem Solving
Courts as Agents of Change." It has also been published in the
Criminal Law Quarterly and may be found online at http://www.iadtnal%20ppr.pdf/
- 2 August 2005
We are excited to announce that the call for papers has been posted for
the Third International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence taking
place in Perth, Western Australia in June of 2006. For more information
about the conference or to view the call for papers please see the
- 7 July 2005
- Last spring, Justice Paul Bentley delivered a lecture at the
California Western University Law School conference on problem solving.
That lecture, prepared for Justice Bentley in collaboration with Natasha
Bakht has now been published in the Criminal Law Quarterly, a Canadian
journal. The full reference is: Bakht, Natasha with Bently, Paul Hon.
"Problem Solving Courts as Agents of Change." 50(3) Criminal Law
Quarterly (June 2005).
- We now have a starting brochure about the 3rd International Conference
on TJ! See the starting sponsors and conference dates at
- 3 June 2005
- Michael King, one of the organizers of the Australian conference "At
the Cutting Edge: Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Magistrates Courts"
recently posted an exciting comment on the TJ
On 6 May 2005 in Perth, Western Australia, the conference "At the
Cutting Edge: Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Magistrates Courts" was held.
Judges, magistrates, lawyers, justice system administrators, treatment
agency professionals, academics and representatives from other areas of
government such as health attended the conference. The Chief Justice of
Western Australia delivered an erudite and inspiring opening speech on the
role of therapeutic jurisprudence particularly in the context of the role
of the courts and society in promoting offender rehabilitation. His speech
is available to download as a pdf file from the speech section of the
Supreme Court's website. I refer you to:
- We are pleased to announce that the 3rd International Conference on
Therapeutic Jurisprudence is being planned. For more information please
see the TJ 2006 Conference Website.
- 3 May 2005
- There is now an email
list which people interested in important announcements about
Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the INTJ Website can subscribe to. This is
separate from the INTJ Listserve and will only send announcements related
to imortant INTJ issues. Members will not be able to post or respond to
the email list. Those functions will still be available on the INTJ
Listserve. To subscribe to the email list please fill out the form
on our website.
- The INTJ and Florida Coastal have started a new section of the Law
Review dedicated to TJ articles. For more information please see our
section on TJ Law Reviews.
- A documentary on the Red Hook Community Justice Center in
entitled "Red Hook Justice: A Legal Revolution Grows in Brooklyn" will
air May 24 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The independently
produced film offers vivid testimony to the dedication of the judges,
attorneys, court officers, social workers and others at the Justice Center
who go above and beyond the call of duty each day to make a difference in
Red Hook. For more information about the documentary, visit
- 18 March 2005
- We have started a new feature of our website. We will now be hosting
periodic guest columns. The first one is a wonderful piece by Magistrate
King who has done much to integrate TJ with judging in Western Australia.
We are very excited to have him write this wonderful article and would
love your feedback on
the usefulness of these articles to you.
- There are lots of new items up now, most especially some new listings
under the Courses in Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
- 15 February 2004
- Canada's National Judicial Institute(NJI) has just published an
important judicial problem solving/therapeutic jurisprudence manual. The
manual entitled Judging in the 21st Century: A Problem-solving
Approach is available online at http://www.nji.ca/Public/publication.htm
and, according to the publisher, non-commercial reproduction is
- John Q. La Fond has just published a new book, Preventing Sexual
Violence; How Society Should Cope with Sex Offenders, published by The
American Psychological Association. For more information and a
detailed description of the book see the book's website at http://www.apa.org/books/4316045.html
- Amy D. Ronner has written a new book entitled Homophopia and the
Law, Due out in March of 2005 and published by The American Psychological
Association. In it Ronner critiques existing law, arguing forcibly
for reform, but, drawing on and contributing to the therapeutic
jurisprudence perspective, she also points ways for creative and caring
lawyers to counsel clients in ways that may sometimes avoid and at other
times at least minimize some of the devastating stresses, anxieties, and
tensions ordinarily fueled by the legal process--and fueled with premium
grade when applied to homosexual men and women.
- Bruce Winick has just published a new book, Civil Commitment: A
Therapeutic Jurisprudence Model, published by Carolina Academic Press
(2005). For more information on the book, see www.brucewinick.com.
- 29 November 2004
- The On 9 November 2004 at their annual conference in Perth the Western
Australian Country Magistrates unanimously passed a resolution supporting
the use of TJ in their courts and programs. Much thanks for this goes
to Magistrates Julie Wager and Michael King. For more information and to
see the first 8 paragraphs of the resolution under the Cases, Briefs, Statutes, and Other Documents of
Interest section of our website.
- The Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law has just launched a
Therapeutic Jurisprudence Society. According to the Society's
constitution, the purposes are to expose interested students and members
of the legal profession to TJ, to keep abreast of upcoming activities, and
to encourage members of the legal community to incorporate therapeutic
jurisprudence into their practice by bringing insights from the behavioral
sciences--psychology, social work, criminology and others--into the law
and to be aware of the law's impact on emotional life.
- David Wexler has published a short essay on international developments
in the use of therapeutic jurisprudence in general judicial contexts,
focusing on the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His article,
"Therapeutic Jurisprudence: It's Not Just for Problem-Solving Courts and
Calendars Anymore" can be viewed online at http://www.ncsconline.org/WC/Publications/KIS_SpePro_Trends04.pdf.
- 26 April 2004
We have had a great new book published by Susan Daicoff entitled
Lawyer, Know Thyself: A Psychological Analysis of Personality Strengths
and Weaknesses. This book looks at lawyer stress and
satisfaction/dissatisfaction and speaks of how the practice of
Jurisprudence and other related vectors of the 'comprehensive law
movement' may pave the way for a more satisfying legal career. For more
information on the book please see its entry in the Cumulative Bibliography or the publisher's website.
- 23 February 2004
There are some great additions that have been made to the website in
the last few months, including new links to The Burns Institute and The
Center for Families, Children and the Courts as well as many new articles.
Have a great time looking around and as usual please keep us updated on
what you are doing with TJ.
- In a recent book, Prof. Marshall Kapp has explored the relationship
between gerontology and therapeutic jurisprudence. His book is
entitled The Law and Older Persons: Is Geriatric Jurisprudence
Therapeutic? and was published by Carolina Academic Press in 2003.
For more information please see the publisher's website at http://www.cap-press.com.
- A new TJ symposia has just recently been released in the Australian
Journal Law in Context. Entitled Therapeutic Jurisprudence and
edited by Marilyn McMahon and David Wexler it has many great articles by
authors Alfred Allan, Warren Brookbanks, Terry Carney, Arie Freiberg,
Marilyn McMahon, Dominique Saunders, David Wexler, and John Willis. The
full citiation for the symposia and articles are available in the
Cumulative and Selected Recent Publications.
- 14 November 2003
- A new Drug Treatment Court Listserv has been started by the National
Association of Drug Court Professionals. You can find out more about it
on our links and listserv page or by going to their site directly at http://www.nadcp.org/iadtc/.
- The Western Criminology Review is a new online journal that has been
started by the Department of Criminal Justice at California State
University, San Bernardino. The main site for this journal is at http://wcr.sonoma.edu/default.html
and the site for the special TJ issue is http://wcr.sonoma.edu/v4n2/v4n2.html.
- 14 October 2003
A new TJ research website has been started by Carrie Petrucci. This
website will list different ongoing and completed research, as well as
instruments used in TJ studies and contact information on how to access
the instrument, and presentation and conferences being given. The site
is located at http://www.tjcollaborative.org.
- 2 August 2003
Bruce Winick and David Wexler have just published a new book entitled
Judging In A Therapeutic Key: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the
Courts through Caroline Academic Press. For more information on the
book or information on how to order it please see the flyer.
- 23 May 2003
The May 2003 issue of the American Bar Association Journal devotes its
'ABA Connection' section to a packet of articles on Therapeutic
Jurisprudence. The publication will now be followed by a CLE
teleconference on the subject. The articles in the section are:
- Wexler, David B. & Winick Bruce J. "Putting Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- Halpert, Richard L. "More Than One Kind of Recovery."
- McShane, John V. "The Need for Healing."
- Hon. Schma, William G., "A New Kind of Power."
- 5 March 2003
There are two new symposiums out featuring articles based on the speakers
from the 2nd International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence. These
are the Journal of Nursing Law's Volume 8, Number 4 (December 2002) issue
entitled Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Nursing and the Touro Law
Review's Volume , Number (2002) entitled The Varieties of Therapeutic
Experience: Excerpts from the Second International Conference on
- 8 November 2002
is a new symposium featuring TJ out in the
Florida Coastal Law Journal. It is Volume 3, Number 2 and a complete
listing of the articles can be found within the cumulative bibliography
and select recent publications.
- 30 July 2002
Coordination of Therapeutic Jurisprudence papers and symposia for the
International Law-Psychology Conference being held in Edinburgh July 7-12,
2003. Dr. Barbara Sturgis (email: email@example.com of the University of
Nebraska has agreed to coordinate the submission of abstracts for proposed
papers and symposia relating to TJ. For more information on the
conference itself see the link on the Upcoming
- 1 May 2002
A new symposium issue of the Criminal Law Bulletin has been
published. It is Volume 38, Number 2. The articles
published in this symposium issue are all listed within both
the Select Recent Publications and the Cumulative
Bibliography. Additionally, please note that Professor David Wexler's
email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If
you need to email him this will now be the most reliable address.
- 9 March 2002
We have added the Therapeutic Jurisprudence listserv as a new link on this
site. We would encourage everyone to join the listserv and enrich the
discussions taking place.
- 4 February 2002
There have been some additions to the website. The first is that we have
acquired the domain name www.therapeuticjurisprudence.com, which will soon
be up and running. This is in addition to the current sites located at
http://www.law.arizona.edu/depts/upr-intj/. We have also added some
sections to the website. These include the addition of video listings
within the cumulative bibliography and a page listing TJ courses being
taught around the country. If you have anything that can be included in
either of these areas or any other please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 11 October 2001
The XXVIIth International Congress on Law and Mental Health will be
held in Amsterdam, from July 8-12, 2002. The major themes of this
conference will be "The Mentally Disordered Offender Throughout the Life
Cycle", "Conflict Resolution," "Youth Crime, Criminal Law, and Forensic
Involvement," as well as other parallel sessions in topics such as
Restorative Justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. More information on
the conference can be obtained from the International Academy of Law
and Mental Health Website. The TJ stream
will be coordinated by Prof. John LaFond from the University of Missouri
at Kansas City. For more information on the TJ stream or to submit a
proposal contact Prof. LaFond at LafondJ@umkc.edu.
- 7 September 2001
The Seattle University Law Review has a special issue that was devoted to
Therapeutic Jurisprudence. It is entitled Therapeutic Jurisprudence:
Issues, Analysis, and Applications, Volume 24, Number 2, p. 217-569
(2000). The articles in this issue are listed in the Selected Recent
Publications and Cumulative Bibliography on this site, as well as, here.
- 12 February 2001
The University of Missourri at Kansas City Law Review has a special issue
dedicated to domestic Violence entitled "Preventing Intimate Violence:
Have Law and Public Policy Failed?" It is Vol. 69, Number 1, the Fall
2000 issue. This symposium has some very good TJ related articles within
it and is worth a look at. A complete listing of the articles is
available on the UMKC Law Review website.
- 18 December 2000
The new symposium issue of Behavioral Sciences & the Law
(Volume 18, Number 4) has been published and is entitled "International
Perspectives on Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Part Two." Here is a complete
list of the articles in the
special issue. Note that this is a continuation from
Volume 17, Number 5.
- 03 October 2000
A special issue of Psychology, Public Policy, & Law has been
published. It is entitled "Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Preventive
Law: Transforming Legal Practice and Education." The full citation is 5
Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 793-1210 (1999). A complete list of the articles
may be found at the journal
website. The articles are also included in our selected recent
publications and cumulative bibliography listings.
- 20 September 2000
The book Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Law as a Helping
Profession edited by Dennis P. Stolle, David B. Wexler and Bruce
J. Winick is now out and available for purchase from Carolina Academic
Press Publishing. Their website has a short description
of the book and the table of
contents as well as ordering information.
- 05 July 2000
One of the founders of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Bruce Winick, was
recently interviewed by Journalist Steve Keeva. To see the interview go
to the Transforming
- 03 June 2000
The Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, published by the University
of Maryland School of Law, has published a symposium issue on "Substance
Abuse, Families and the Courts: Legal and Public Health Challenges." The
issue covers such matters as unified family court, drug court, and
domestic violence. For the complete contents, click here.
- 19 May 2000
A new issue of Court Review (Volume 37, Issue 1), the
official journal of the American Judges Association has been
published. This issue is entitled "Special Issue on Therapeutic
Jurisprudence" and the table of contents and articles can be accessed at
the American Judges Association website.
- 12 May 2000
The Second International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence will
be held on May 3-5, 2001, at the Kingsgate Conference Center at the
University of Cincinnati. A call for papers, travel and accommodation
details, and other conference information is available at the Conference