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College of Law's Weissenberger Awarded
First Research Award From Bar Foundation

Date: Oct. 24, 2001
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Photo by Dottie Stover
Archive: General News

Glen Weissenberger from the UC College of Law faculty has been selected to receive the first-ever Outstanding Research Award given by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

Weissenberger, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law, is being honored for one of the largest contributions to legal publishing of any active law professor in the nation. He will receive his award at a dinner in Columbus on Nov. 9.

Glen Weissenberger with some of his books

"This is a greatly appreciated honor because it is not for one book or article, but rather for a lifetime of work," Weissenberger said.

In nominating Weissenberger for the award, Paul L. Caron, associate dean for faculty research and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, described his colleague as a "consummate legal scholar" who has excelled in publishing for the legal academic audience, the legal profession and legal students.

In addition to publishing scholarly articles, Weissenberger has authored 39 books, including some of the most influential books in the fields of evidence and law and psychiatry. He is most widely known for his treatise on the Federal Rules of Evidence, Weissenberger's Federal Evidence, Third Edition. He also authored the largest-selling student text on the subject of evidence, Federal Rules of Evidence: Rules, Legislative History, Commentary and Authority and is co-author of the leading casebook on law and psychiatry, Patients, Psychiatrists, and Lawyers: Law and the Mental Health System.

Additionally, he publishes books on the laws of evidence in 15 different states. His book, Weissenberger's Ohio Evidence, is cited more frequently by Ohio courts on the subject of evidence than all other authorities combined.

Weissenberger's involvement in publishing dates back 20 years, when he first began working on projects for the Anderson Publishing Co. here in Cincinnati. He soon recognized that Anderson could be a partner to fulfill many of his goals as a legal educator.

"We could see that we could take scholarship, take legal education and entrepreneurial objectives, and put them together in a line of legal publishing," says Weissenberger of his role in helping to launch Anderson's Law School Division, which publishes books for legal education. That division now offers almost 200 books, all of which Weissenberger helped develop. In 1987, Weissenberger became chair of Anderson's Editorial Advisory Board.

A total of 37 of the 39 books Weissenberger has authored have been Anderson products. Many of his guides are updated in new editions on an annual basis.

Weissenberger's publishing interests are not limited to strictly button-downed areas of the law. He has an interest in magic, having once been a professional magician, and authored a book called Protection of Magicians' Secrets. He is also the chair of the legal advisory committee of the World Alliance of Magicians, as well as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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