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History of the Glenn M. Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry

The Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry was established in 1998 in conjunction with a generous gift from Glenn M. Weaver, M.D., an adjunct professor of law and a long-time friend of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About Dr. Glenn M. Weaver

Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. (1921-2007) was a leader in clinical and forensic psychiatry who devoted his talents and energy to promoting mutual understanding between his medical specialty and the legal system. Since its inception in 1998, the Weaver Institute has endeavored to emulate the professional excellence, dedication to community service, and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity that characterized Dr. Weaver’s professional and personal life.

Dr. Weaver's medical career spanned more than six decades. The respect he enjoyed among his colleagues was evidenced by his lengthy tenure as the Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Cincinnati's Christ Hospital and his service as an expert witness in hundreds of trials and legal proceedings throughout the United States. No less important was the impact that Dr. Weaver's professional skills as a physician and therapist had on the lives of his patients.

Dr. Weaver was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. He received his BS degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1943 and his MD from the UC College of Medicine in 1945. After completing an internship at St. Louis City Hospital, he served as Captain in the US Army Medical Corps in Germany during the military occupation that followed World War II. He then returned to Cincinnati for his psychiatry residency, which included training at Cincinnati General Hospital, Longview State Hospital, and Christ Hospital.

After completing his residency, Dr. Weaver practiced clinical psychiatry in Cincinnati for the next 55 years. For more than 20 years, he served as an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UC College of Medicine. He later became Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Coordinator of Teaching and Psychiatry at The Christ Hospital. He also testified as an expert witness in hundreds of trials and legal proceedings across the United States.

Dr. Weaver's intense interest in the interaction between law and psychiatry led him to spend countless hours promoting a greater understanding of how these two areas intersect. A specialist in the field of forensic psychiatry since its development in the 1950s, he was a charter member of the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. In addition to treating outpatients and inpatients, Dr. Weaver served as a consultant and special examiner for local courts and agencies. In 1984, he became one of the first medical professionals in the region to be board certified in forensic psychiatry. He also served as president of the Cincinnati Society of Psychiatry and the Cincinnati Society of Neurology and Psychiatry. He was a member of the American Academy of Legal Medicine, the American Society of Law and Medicine, the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and the American College of Legal Medicine.

In 1986, Dr. Weaver began teaching Law and Psychiatry as an adjunct professor at the College of Law. Always interested in advancing his own knowledge, Dr. Weaver also took many law school classes, including constitutional law, criminal law, torts, evidence, procedure and jurisprudence. Decades of law students knew Dr. Weaver as a fellow student, and students who took Dr. Weaver's course often had the startling experience of discovering that one of their teachers was also their classmate! In 1998, he founded The Glenn M. Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry to further advance understanding between the fields of law and psychiatry.

As a humanitarian and community servant, Dr. Weaver took leadership roles in dozens of neighborhood and community organizations. He felt that professional recognition and personal achievements were inconsequential unless one used the fruits of those achievements to enlighten society and improve the human condition. Dr. Weaver's devotion to bettering the community was at the core of his vision for the Weaver Institute.

Dr. Weaver maintained an active psychiatric practice and continued to teach at the College of Law until just three weeks before his death on October 25, 2007, at age 86 years. Dean Louis Bilionis observed that Dr. Weaver “helped transform the College of Law. His vision for the Institute that bears his name, his drive to see it succeed, and his passion for work at the intersection of law and psychiatry were inspiring. Evidence of Glenn's insight and generosity can be found inside and outside the classroom, in our conferences and lectures and the scholarly publications produced by our faculty and students. We have lost an engaged and engaging colleague, and a dear friend."

Dr. Weaver is a greatly missed colleague and friend of the College of Law. We remember him as a thoughtful and ever-curious clinician, a dedicated teacher, an extremely generous man, an avid consumer and admirer of scholarship in science and the law, and as a superb exemplar of life-long learning. The Weaver Institute is honored to carry his name and proudly strives to promote the values exemplified by his exceptional life and career.

The College of Law and the Weaver Institute are thankful for the additional support of Mary Ellen Weaver, wife of Dr. Glenn weaver. A registered nurse, she support Dr. Weaver’s vision for the Institute and participated in making plans for its future. Mrs. Weaver continued to work with the Weaver Institute and the Weaver fellows after Dr. Weaver’s death.