The Passing of Bruce Winick
When the heart grieves for what is lost, the spirit rejoices for what remains....Sufi saying
From David Wexler: I am sorry to be the bearer of the devastating news that my wonderful friend, colleague, and co-author Bruce Winick passed away today after struggling for years with serious illness. You all know about his wonderful and ground-breaking scholarship. What some do not know is what a wonderful father and friend he was, and how he handled illness---and, before that, loss of vision--in the most 'therapeutic' way possible. That, and his life in general, should be an inspiration to us all.
Further details regarding a celebration of his life and where to direct charitable contributions will follow. We are all richer for having somehow touched or been touched by Bruce.
This is a terrible loss to our community. Bruce was a trailblazer who cleared the way for much social change. He stood up for what was good and right even when it was not popular. From the death penalty in New York to gay rights to legal education and co-creating this movement of therapeutic jurisprudence, in which he included collaborative law, his reach was broad and deep. It is awe-inspiring to realize how many places he reached, how many people he touched. He graciously dealt with his blindness and pointed out that we all have handicaps to overcome while doing more in the world than most of us who have no visible handicaps.
He will be missed and I am grateful for the many writings he left behind to share with us all. For those who did not know him, I invite you to listen to this interview in which he shares his story:
J. Kim Wright