Professor Robert A. Weninger passed away on November 30, 2017. Professor Weninger, the J. Hadley Edgar Professor of Law and a beloved faculty member, joined the Law School as a visitor during the spring 1974 semester.
Prior to joining the law school, he was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle, engaged in several years of private practice in San Diego, and taught at California Western School of Law.
At Tech Law, his primary teaching areas were procedure, evidence, and litigation. His publications have appeared in such national law journals as the Virginia Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. UC Hastings Distinguished Professor of Law, Richard L. Marcus, referred to Weninger as “a path-breaker in use of empirical methods to inform legal scholarship.”
A distinguished scholar and exceptional teacher, Professor Weninger will be best remembered as a generous person with a remarkably good nature. He received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and won the Outstanding Professor Award on two occasions. Currently, he is the Law School’s nominee for the Texas Tech University’s Barnie E. Rushing Distinguished Research Award.
Weninger was a mentor to his colleagues and inspired generations of students with his passion for teaching. He will be missed.
The Law School will hold a memorial service on campus. A date for this memorial service will be announced once it is confirmed with Weninger’s family. You may share condolences and favorite stories here.