"Last winter I fell into a rut. Rather then enjoying life’s many blessings, I was simply trying to get through my daily routine: work, home, work, more work at home. My relationships felt off; I was unsatisfied by work and on many days, uncomfortable in my own skin. I prayed for wisdom. I prayed for strength. It is exhausting to be frustrated and uninspired.
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.
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Yoga, I have always thought, saved me from the law.
I became a lawyer, in the narrative I have set up of my life, because I was blind to my heart. It was the path my mind led me down, the safe, manageable world of knowledge and surface communication and clear organizing principles.
Sure, I told myself I went to law school to change the world. Certainly not because my parents were begging me to do it. But I also fully acknowledged, at the ripe old age of 24, that I would end up going to law school eventually, so why not do it while I was young?