Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


Date of this Version

October 2000


Published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law 18 (2000), pp. 411-412. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Used by permission.


Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) is flourishing. There is a proliferation of articles being published. In addition, books are being written, and in the past several years, conferences devoted to TJ have been held. (For a listing of over 300 books and articles, see and follow the “Cumulative Bibliography” link.) Some recent examples: Professors Bruce Winick and David Wexler, who developed the TI concept, teamed with former University of Denver Law Dean Edward Dauer (internationally known for his work in preventive law) to edit a special issue of the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law on “Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Preventive Law: Transforming Legal Practice and Education” (volume 5, number 4, 1999). Judge Steve Leben (Johnson County, Kansas), editor of Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, organized a special issue of the journal on TI (volume 37, issue 1, 2000). In addition, the Second International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence will be held on 3-5 May, 2001, at the Kingsgate Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati. One can find out about various TJ activities from the web site hosted by the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the above web address.

We are pleased that BS&L is another scholarly journal participating in international TI efforts. Last year, BS&L published the first of two special issues on TI (volume 17, number 5, 1999). The first issue contained several articles that originated as papers presented at the First International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence held in Winchester, UK, in the summer of 1998. The present issue is the second of the two issues, and it includes five more articles that started as Winchester conference papers (Allan & Allan; Birgden & Vincent; Drogin; Elbogen & Tomkins; and McGuire), along with three other articles not from the Winchester conference (Casey & Rottman; Levine; and Slobogin & Fondacaro).

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