David B. Wexler

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Law

David B. Wexler portrait

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. He is an Honorary President of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

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 fourteen languages, and some of Wexler's own work has been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, Urdu, and Slovenian.

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 the website of the International Soceity for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, at www.intltj.com. For a biographical essay on Wexler and his work, see Constance Backhouse, An Introduction to David Wexler, the Person Behind Therapeutic Jurisprudence, at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2747488.

SSRN Published Papers

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

Education

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

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
    U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington, D.C.

Public & Institutional 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 Associate Editor, Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Criminal Law Bulletin
  • Editorial Advisory Board, 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