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Faculty Profile

David B. Wexler

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Law

E-mail:  David B. Wexler
Office Number: 244
Office Phone: (787) 565-1625

Courses Taught:
Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence - Law 696O
Substantial Paper Seminar (Therapeutic Jurisprudence) - Law 696N
Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence - Law 6960
Criminal Law - Law 650
Criminal Procedure - Law 602


SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

David B. Wexler is Professor of Law and Director of the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona.

His books include Rehabilitating Lawyers: Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence for Criminal Law Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2008); Judging in a Therapeutic Key: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Courts (with Bruce J. Winick) (Carolina Academic Press 2003); Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Law as a Helping Profession (with Dennis P. Stolle and Bruce J. Winick) (Carolina Academic Press 2000); Law in a Therapeutic Key: Developments in Therapeutic Jurisprudence (with Bruce J. Winick) (Carolina Academic Press 1996); Essays in Therapeutic Jurisprudence (with Bruce J. Winick) (Carolina Academic Press 1991); Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Law as a Therapeutic Agent (Carolina Academic Press 1990); and Mental Health Law: Major Issues (Plenum Press 1981).

He received the American Psychiatric Association's Manfred S. Guttmacher Forensic Psychiatry Award; chaired the American Bar Association's Commission on Mental Disability and the Law; chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Mental Disability; chaired the Advisory Board of the National Center for State Courts' Institute on Mental Disability and Law; was a member of the Panel on Legal Issues of the President's Commission on Mental Health; was a member of the National Commission on the Insanity Defense; served as Vice President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health; received the New York University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Legal Scholarship/Teaching Award; received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts; and served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law. Professor Wexler has been named an Honorary Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society. In October, 2012, at its Congress in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, Wexler was named Honorary President of the Iberoamerican Association of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, an organization headquartered at the University of Vigo. Therapeutic jurisprudence writing is now in ten languages, and some of Wexler's own work has been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Urdu.

Wexler is a consultant on therapeutic jurisprudence to the National Judicial Institute of Canada and the Judicial Academy of Puerto Rico, and has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, lecturing on therapeutic jurisprudence in Australia and New Zealand.

Before entering law teaching, Professor Wexler practiced for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Wexler first explicated the therapeutic jurisprudence perspective in a paper written in 1987. He and Professor Bruce Winick of the University of Miami worked together to further develop the area, which is now of interest to practitioners and academics of many disciplines and nations. For more on therapeutic jurisprudence, see www.therapeuticjurisprudence.org and www.facebook.com/TherapeuticJurisprudence.

Education

New York University, J.D. (1964) graduated cum laude; Note Editor, New York University Law Review; Order of the Coif; John Norton Pomeroy Scholar
Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A. (1961) 

Professional Work Experience

Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Rogers College of Law, 2007 - present
John D. Lyons Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona College of Law, 1985 - 2007
Professor of Law and Director, International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, University of Puerto Rico, 1994 - present
Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law, 1967 - 1985
Attorney, Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Representative Publications

Rehabilitating Lawyers: Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence for Criminal Law Practice (2008).
Judging in a Therapeutic Key: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Courts (2003) (co-editor, with Bruce J. Winick).
Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Law as a Helping Profession (2000) (co-editor, with Dennis P. Stolle & Bruce J. Winick).
Law in a Therapeutic Key: Devlopments in Therapeutic Jurisprudence (1996) (co-editor, with Bruce J. Winick).
Complete List of Publications

Public Service

Former Vice President, International Academy of Law and Mental Health
Delegation Leader, People-to-People International Mental Health Law Delegation to Western Europe and Hungary
Member, National Commission on the Insanity Defense, National Mental Health Association
Member, Research Division Advisory Council, National Center for State Courts
Former Chairman, American Bar Association Commission on the Mentally Disabled
Member, National Task Force on Standards for Involuntary Civil Commitment, National Center for State Courts
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards Project
Chair, Advisory Committee, Institute on Mental Disability and the Law, National Center for State Courts
American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Seclusion and Restraint
Consultant, Committee on Legal Issues, American Psychological Association
Member, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law
Legal Task Panel, President’s Commission on Mental Health
Consultant, President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice
Consultant, National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
Consultant, Courts Task Force, National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards & Goals
American Psychological Association Commission on Behavior Modification
Member, Criminal and Violent Behavior Review Committee, National Institute of Mental Health
Editorial Advisory Board, Perspectives in Law and Psychology (Plenum Press)
Former Associate Editor, Law and Human Behavior
Former member, Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Former member, Editorial Advisory Board, Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter
Former Associate Editor, Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Editorial Advisory Board, Criminal Law Bulletin
Editorial Advisory, Studies in Law and Psychology, Carolina Academic Press
Editorial Advisory Board, Psychology, Public Policy and Law
Editorial Advisory Board, Contemporary Issues in Law (U.K. Journal)
Editorial Advisory Board, Behavioral Sciences and the Law
Editorial Advisory Board, Law and Human Behavior

Awards

Honorary Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society  
Honorary President, Iberoamerican Association of Therapeutic Jurisprudence  
National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award  
New York University Law Alumni Distinguished Legal Teaching/Scholarship Award  
American Psychiatric Association Manfred S. Guttmacher Forensic Psychiatry Award  1972
National Association for Mental Health Outstanding Service Award  
Creative Teaching Award, University of Arizona President’s Club  

 

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