Judge Michael Jones (retired) is the personification of mainstreaming therapeutic jurisprudence as he has endeavoured to imbed therapeutic jurisprudence in his work throughout his career.
Prior to becoming a professor for Arizona Summit Law School, Judge Jones worked as an Assistant Attorney General and Deputy County Attorney, and, finally, a Judge for the Superior Court in Maricopa County. He is a past President of the Maricopa County Bar Association.
Judge Jones now teaches Criminal Procedure, Comprehensive Law and Advanced Studies in Therapeutic Jurisprudence at Arizona Summit Law School. He has also taught mental health law and therapeutic jurisprudence to other judges.
In accepting the distinguished Bruce Winick award at Vienna’s Intenational Association of Law and Mental Health Congress, Mike Jones described himself as a “recovering drug court judge”. He talked about his time in the drug court sparking a commitment to applying procedural justice and therapeutic jurisprudence approaches throughout his work.
He said it is necessary for lawyers to work collaboratively with psychologists, mental health professionals and counsellors to achieve the optimum outcomes for clients.
He also underscored the importance of law teachers introducing the new generation of lawyers to collaborative work with social science professionals.
Judge Jones reflected on the Importance of mentors and friends acknowledging the late Bruce Winick and also David Wexler who presented him with the award.
In closing Judge Jones announced the forthcoming new journal, the International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and encouraged conference participants to contribute to this new journal.
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