Feb. 23, 2017 — After a career spanning 39 years, Professor Jacqueline L. Weaver, the A.A. White Professor of Law, retired from the University of Houston Law Center.
She was honored at a recent reception sponsored by the Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center, where colleagues, family, friends and former students celebrated her decorated career. Some guests traveled from across the country for the event, and one alumnus made a 22-hour trek from Uganda.
"It's a bittersweet moment because Professor Weaver is such a part of the fabric of the institution of the Law Center," Dean Leonard M. Baynes said in his opening remarks. "She has risen to the occasion and has done an excellent job of being a terrific law faculty member and professor who's known for being one of the premier experts on energy, environment and natural resource issues."
Weaver is an internationally sought after scholar who has lectured on topics of oil and gas law, energy law and policy, international petroleum, and environmental and natural resources law. She has lectured on topics in international petroleum transactions in Africa (Luanda, Nambia, Uganda), China, Kazakhstan, Portugal and Thailand.
Weaver graduated from the then-UH Bates College of Law magna cum laude in 1975. She began teaching at the school as an adjunct professor in 1977. She also served as associate director of the Energy Studies Program at that time. In 1979 Weaver became an assistant professor before becoming an associate professor in 1982. She received tenure in 1984 and became a full professor in 1986. Weaver was the Law Foundation Professor from 1986-1987. She was also the interim director of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center from 2013-2015.
She is a co-author of "The Texas Law of Oil and Gas;" a national casebook titled "Energy, Economics and the Environment;" another casebook titled "International Petroleum Transactions," and the treatise, "International Petroleum Exploration & Exploitation Agreements."
Weaver wrote articles on offshore safety after the Macondo disaster, Enron's effect on the energy markets, sustainable development in the international petroleum industry, comparative unitization laws, and traditional oil and gas law. Her excellence in legal education has been recognized with awards from the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the University of Houston's Teaching Excellence Award, and the Law Center's Ethel Baker Award.
In 2010, Suzanne and Jan Baker, 1973 Law Center alumni and longtime friends of Weaver and her family, established the Weaver-Lang Presidential Endowed Fellowship in Law to honor her, her husband, Kirk, and their parents, Cecile Weaver and Harold Weaver and Ruth Lang and Hans Lang.
"This fellowship is meant to recognize the decades of support given to graduate and professional education by the Weaver and Lang families," Weaver said. "It's not just me -- there are many Weavers and many Langs who were involved in higher education and have been over the years, especially in public institutions."
The Weaver-Lang Fellowship is intended to provide scholarships to help recruit the best-qualified students to the Law Center, especially those interested in the LL.M. program in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources.
"The Weaver-Lang scholarship is an opportunity for all of us to give and ensure there is scholarship funding for our LL.M. students," Baynes said. "It really is important for us to have as many students from as many places across the world to study with us and then bring back what they've learned to their home countries."
The first $27,000 in donations will be matched by the Lang-Weaver family.