A renowned leader in law education, David B. Wexler most notably developed the field of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) alongside Mr. Bruce Winick, a professor at the University of Miami.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, February 17, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present David B. Wexler with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Wexler celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued a laudable reputation as a tenured professor of law at the University of Puerto Rico since 1995, Mr. Wexler is a celebrated figure in academia with more than 50 years to his credit. Beginning his teaching career in 1967, he formerly served as an associate professor of law in the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where he later rose to the position of a distinguished research professor of law and psychology until 2005, when he earned the title of distinguished professor emeritus. Prior to his career in academia, Mr. Wexler excelled as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division in Washington, D.C.
A renowned leader in law education, Mr. Wexler most notably developed the field of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) alongside Mr. Bruce Winick, a professor at the University of Miami. An interdisciplinary method of legal scholarship that aims to reform the law in order to positively impact psychological well-being, TJ is now of interest to practitioners and academics across many disciplines and nations. It also led to the formation of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, of which Mr. Wexler serves as Honorary President. Therapeutic Jurisprudence writing is now in sixteen languages and some of Mr. Wexler's own work has been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, Urdu and Slovenian.
Whilst contributing to his local community, Mr. Wexler has gained recognition for his services as the former chairman of the section on law and mental disability for the Association of American Law Schools and as the former chairman and member of the advisory board of the National Center for State Courts' Institute on Mental Disability and Law. He was also active on the legal task panel of the President's Commission on Mental Health in Washington, D.C. and the MacArthur Research Network on Mental Health and the Law. A distinguished member of the American Psychology-Law Society and honorary president of the Iberoamerican Association of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Mr. Wexler also served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia and New Zealand.
Widely published, Mr. Wexler has authored or co-authored numerous books and book chapters, as well as articles in various professional journals. In his 2008 book, "Rehabilitating Lawyers: Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence for Criminal Law Practice," which he scribed and edited, he seeks to bridge the traditional divide between scholarship and practice in the field of law. It introduces the interdisciplinary perspective of TJ and then, largely through the thoughtful and informative essays of practitioners and clinical law professors, shows how criminal law practice can be enriched, and how clients can benefit from lawyers looking at their practice with a TJ lens.
Mr. Wexler is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he attended New York University School of Law where he served as a note editor for the New York University Law Review. Mr. Wexler further distinguished himself as a member of Order of the Coif and John Norton Pomeroy scholar and later graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree in 1964.
In 2019, Mr. Wexler received a Binghamton University Distinguished Alumni Award for his work in TJ. Other recognitions include a Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts in 2000, Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship Award from New York University School of Law in 1989, Creative Teaching Award from the University of Arizona President's Club in 1975, Outstanding Service Award from the National Association for Mental Health in 1974 and Manfred S. Guttmacher Forensic Psychiatry Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 1972.
Throughout the course of his career, he has paid tribute to several of his former peers, including the University of Arizona law dean Charles Ares, who encouraged him to enter law teaching, and Antonio Garcia Padilla, a former dean of the law school and president of the University of Puerto Rico who paved the way for his professional journey at that university. A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Wexler has been included in close to 30 editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in the World.
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