Category Archives: Introduction to TJ

Growing the Therapeutic Jurisprudence community: How to share your work

“Therapeutic jurisprudence” is a mouthful, yes? But let’s think about it: How much better would our laws and legal systems be if they were designed mainly to encourage psychologically healthy outcomes? If you understand the significance of this question, then … Continue reading

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On Being Responsibly Bold (and other advice for TJ-Informed Change Agents)

Professor David Yamada writes… At a recent therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) workshop hosted by Professor Carol Zeiner and the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, I urged us all to be “responsibly bold” in our research and advocacy … Continue reading

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Join the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!

The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence’s website has gone public and you can now join as a member. Regular membership is $25, and student memberships are free. By joining the ISTJ, you will be able to: Participate and share your profile … Continue reading

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Three Kinds of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (and One Kind of Not-TJ)

Guest blogger Professor Emeritus of Law Michael Perlin writes… I am now home from a magical time in Prague (what a city!), having attended the biennial International Academy of Law and Mental Health Congress. I have missed only once since … Continue reading

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From Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Roper: When Social Science Serves as Authority in Law

Guest blogger Andrew Siske, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Student Fellow (2016-2017) explores the role that social science can play in the law…

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Chief Justice: Non-adversarial approaches in criminal and civil law essential to “effective justice”

At the recent Second International Conference on Non-adversarial Justice: integrating theory and practice The Honourable Wayne Martin AC Chief Justice of Western Australia noted the limitations  of a purely adversarial system and proposed  that development and expansion of the principles of … Continue reading

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Amateur Therapists or Amateur Justice? Why we can’t let fear of progress slow therapeutic jurisprudence reform

I cannot imagine a more dangerous branch than an unrestrained judiciary full of amateur psychiatrists poised to “do good” rather than to apply the law. – Judge Morris Hoffman Some critics of therapeutic jurisprudence argue that when judges adopt a … Continue reading

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