Parallel Plenary Presenter
Merle Weiner is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A.), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Cambridge University (LL.M.). She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California. She currently teaches Domestic Abuse Law, Torts, Advanced Torts, Family Law, and Adjudication and Courts.
Professor Weiner has been teaching and writing about domestic and sexual violence for approximately twenty years. She is the faculty director of the University of Oregon’s (UO) Domestic Violence Clinic, a grant-funded program started in 1999 that provides legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and stalking.
Recently, Professor Weiner’s scholarship has focused on issues related to Title IX. Her article, Legal Counsel for Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence, was published by the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism in 2017. That article draws on her work founding Student Survivor Legal Services, the nation’s first on-campus legal program dedicated solely to serving student survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Her newest article, A Principled and Legal Approach to Title IX Reporting, is forthcoming in the Tennessee Law Review. It draws on her experience as Chair of the UO Senate’s Task Force on Responsible Reporting and the UO’s adoption of a model survivor-focused reporting policy.
Professor Weiner is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She has actively participated in its Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus: Procedural Frameworks and Analysis, through its Members Consultative Group. Professor Weiner also served as a peer reviewer, at the invitation of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, for its project on Standards of Practice for Improving Campus Student Conduct Processes for Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking. The Oregon Attorney General appointed Professor Weiner to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Crime Victims Services Division. She also sits on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools and the Executive Committee of Order of the Coif, a national honorary society for law students. Professor Weiner is also a member of the International Society of Family Law.
Apart from her Title IX work, Professor Weiner has written extensively on legal issues confronted by survivors of domestic violence. Her book, A Parent-Partner Status for American Family Law (Cambridge 2015), recommends restructuring family obligations between parents to better address and prevent domestic violence. She has also written articles on the intersection of domestic violence and the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress, child custody law, and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In terms of the latter, her work on international child abduction has been cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as by numerous other courts. She has trained on this topic, including through the auspices of the National Criminal Justice Training Center, the National Association of Women Judges, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Professor Weiner was previously a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and has worked with members of Congress to try to make U.S. child abduction law more just for survivors of domestic violence who flee transnationally with their children for safety.