Creative Plea Bargaining to Avoid Collateral Consequences

Guest blogger Thea Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law, teaches criminal law and procedure.... Since the election of Trump, there has been an interesting trend among prosecutors in the U.S. to resist the growing reach of federal immigration law in their own jurisdictions. A host of criminal convictions, including for … Continue reading Creative Plea Bargaining to Avoid Collateral Consequences

Steering clear of therapeutic injustice for juvenile defendants

Guest blogger Jennifer A. Brobst, Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law and 2017 Chair of the American Association of Law Schools, Balance in Legal Education Section writes…  While successfully achieving many important gains, advocates of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) have long warned of certain risks of infusing psychology into legal processes.  TJ’s greatest … Continue reading Steering clear of therapeutic injustice for juvenile defendants

Forming the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!

The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ Society) is a new, non-profit, learned association established to advance therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), a school of legal philosophy and practice that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of laws and public policies, legal and dispute resolution systems, and legal institutions. TJ values psychologically healthy outcomes in legal disputes … Continue reading Forming the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!

Therapeutic Jurisprudence for the family lawyer

Guest blogger Taylor LoSchiavo, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Student Fellow (2016-2017) writes... Any legal proceeding has the potential to be life changing; however, family law proceedings, in particular, can change the basic family structure for the parties.  One family can become two, which could then become three or more families.  This is … Continue reading Therapeutic Jurisprudence for the family lawyer

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... Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), which can be defined as “the study of the role of law as a therapeutic agent.”[1] TJ represents a normative understanding of law which aims to identify the beneficial and … Continue reading From Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Roper: When Social Science Serves as Authority in Law