From Eileen Russell, Bruce Winick's assistant:
A Memoriam page for Professor Bruce Winick has been set up on the University of Miami School of Law website. We invite and welcome you to add your remembrances of Professor Winick. Directions are located on the page on how to submit them:
When the heart grieves for what is lost, the spirit rejoices for what remains....Sufi saying
From David Wexler: I am sorry to be the bearer of the devastating news that my wonderful friend, colleague, and co-author Bruce Winick passed away today after struggling for years with serious illness. You all know about his wonderful and ground-breaking scholarship. What some do not know is what a wonderful father and friend he was, and how he handled illness---and, before that, loss of vision--in the most 'therapeutic' way possible. That, and his life in general, should be an inspiration to us all.
As some of the contributors to different vectors of the comprehensive law movement or non-adversarial justice – such as Peggy Hora, David Wexler, Bruce Winick and Victorian Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic have observed – judging in a problem-solving court is significantly different from conventional judging. It is little wonder that mainstream legal education, legal practice and judicial education have hitherto largely not properly prepared judicial officers for this form of judging.
From Mike King: The conference flyer and registration information (including a link for online registration) for the Non-Adversarial Justice conference to be held in Melbourne in May 2010 are available at: http://www.aija.org.au/NAJ%202010/NAJ10%20Infoflyer&Reg.pdf.
It promises to be an exciting conference. There is an impressive list of keynote speakers in diverse fields of non-adversarial justice or the comprehensive law movement. Bruce Winick and David Wexler are among the keynote speakers.
Editor's Note: David Wexler is Professor of Law and Director, International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence,University of Puerto Rico and a Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona. With Bruce Winick, he is the co-founder of the movement of therapeutic jurisprudence. Since we haven't caught up with David to interview him, he has graciously allowed us to reprint a recent law review article. .
It begins below but is attached in PDF form in its entirety so that formatting such as footnotes will be preserved.
At the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (UPR) in the fall term of the 2008-2009 academic year, I offered, for the first time, a sentencing and corrections seminar—approached, of course, with a distinctly therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) spin. During that term, I was also asked to review a manuscript prepared by Florida Coastal School of Law student Dax Miller. Dax Miller’s paper, prepared for Professor Susan Daicoff’s Comprehensive Law course and published in The Florida Coastal Law Review, did not relate to sentencing and corrections. Rather, it critiqued, from a TJ perspective, the standard Florida divorce agreement form. Moreover, Dax Miller proposed a rewritten form, one highly consistent with TJ principles. At just the time that I read Dax Miller’s paper I came across, in my assigned sentencing casebook, the federal pretrial diversion form,4 and concluded that it too was in desperate need of Daxing. Suddenly, it occurred to me that Dax Miller had opened up a completely new potential branch of TJ scholarship—what might be called Form Reform.
Bruce J. Winick is Director of the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Center, Silver-Rubinstein Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he has taught since 1974. He is an internationally known scholar and lecturer. Winick also has had a long career as a civil rights lawyer, and frequently serves as an expert witness on a variety of law-related issues. With David Wexler, he is co-founder of therapeutic jurisprudence, an interdisciplinary field of legal scholarship that has a distinctive law reform agenda. Winick has authored numerous books and more than 100 articles in law reviews, interdisciplinary journals, and books.
Professor Winick has received numerous awards, including the University of Miami Provost’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the Thurgood Marshall Award of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Human Rights Award of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is chair of the AALS section on Balance in Legal Education.
I have omitted several prestigious positions, publications, and honors to save space but please visit his web site at http://www.brucewinick.com/ to learn more about this accomplished and inspiring pioneer. His interview is in seven parts.
(If viewing from the home page, click on the title or the featured video graphic to go to the videos.)
Bruce Winick writes: Good news! Our petition for permanent permanent section status has been approved by the AALS. So we've seen Balance in Legal Education go from a dream to a permanent part of AALS. Congratulations to all. Now let's put our energies into bringing more balance to legal education, to the legal profession, and to our law schools. We can do it with all your help. As
Since my last blog, we've put thousands of miles on the Honda CRV and we've gone through several boxes of blank tapes. With interviews in South Florida, Tennessee, and Texas, we've come close to doubling our video inventory. I'm so excited about our latest interviews that I wish I could twitch my nose and get them on the site immediately.
From Florida: TJ leader Bruce Winick, several very inspiring and pioneering problem-solving courts judges, and Scott Rogers on mindfulness.