Merle Weiner is the Philip H. Knight Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. She also serves as the faculty director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Weiner has taught Civil Procedure, Domestic Abuse Law, Family Law, Children and the Law, International and Comparative Family Law, Family Law Policy, Torts, Advanced Torts, and Adjudication and Courts.
She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. There she won the Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship, an award granting two years study at Cambridge University, and the Hannah T. Croasdale Award, for most improving the quality of life for Dartmouth women. At Cambridge University, Professor Weiner earned an LL.M. with First Class Honors. She then attended Harvard Law School, and obtained her J.D. cum laude. At Harvard, Professor Weiner was the co-chair of the Women's Law Association, and was an editor on the Harvard Women's Law Journal.
After law school, Professor Weiner clerked for Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court. She was awarded a Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship, which allowed her to supervise law students in the Sex Discrimination Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. She also practiced securities litigation with Sherman & Sterling in the firm's San Francisco office from 1992-1995. Professor Weiner began teaching at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she taught Family Law, Family Law in the World Community, and Domestic Abuse Law. Professor Weiner is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California.
Professor Weiner has written extensively in the areas of family law, domestic abuse law, and international family law. She is considered an expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. She co-wrote the first U.S. casebook on international and comparative family law, entitled Family Law in the World Community, which is now in its third edition. Professor Weiner just completed a book entitled A Parent-Partner Status for American Family Law. She began the project when her paper, The Status of Parent-Partner, was selected by the Family and Juvenile Law Section for presentation at the January 2008 AALS Annual Meeting. The book has now been published by Cambridge University Press.