Interdisciplinary Exploration

Weaver Family Program in Law, Brain Sciences, and Behavior established at VLS with $3.85 million endowment from Weaver Foundation

Vanderbilt Law School is launching a new interdisciplinary program, the Weaver Family Program in Law, Brain Sciences, and Behavior, funded by a $3.85 million endowment from the Glenn M. Weaver Foundation. The new program will sponsor faculty research aimed at exploring law and human behavior across a broad spectrum of medical, biological and social science fields, and organize and host symposia and distinguished lectures featuring leading researchers working at the intersection of law, brain sciences and behavior.

The interdisciplinary research program—the first such program to be based at the Law School—was announced by Vanderbilt Law Dean Chris Guthrie and Weaver Foundation Trustee Ellen Weaver.

The Weaver Foundation previously established the Dr. Glenn M. and Mary Ellen Weaver Faculty Research Fund at Vanderbilt Law School in 2017 and endowed the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D., and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain, and Behavior in 2019. Owen Jones, who holds the Weaver Chair, will direct the program.

“I am so grateful to Ellen Weaver and the Weaver Foundation for their generosity. We are honored to breathe life into Dr. Glenn Weaver’s vision to deepen our society’s understanding of the brain sciences, behavioral sciences and law,” Guthrie said. “I am also thrilled to appoint Owen Jones, who holds the Weaver Chair, to direct this exciting and innovative program. Under Owen’s leadership—and with the engagement of law faculty, other faculty colleagues on campus, and leading scholars around the globe—I am confident this program will transform our understanding of the mind sciences and law.”

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