Seattle University creates William C. Oltman Professorship of Teaching Excellence

Seattle University School of Law has established a professorship to honor excellence in teaching. Named for Professor Bill Oltman, who will retire from the law school at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year, the professorship recognizes that the strength of the faculty depends on both scholarship and on classroom teaching.

"Professor Oltman has an unwavering commitment to excellence that has been a driving force in making this law school the success it is today," said Dean Kellye Testy in announcing the professorship. "He expects the best of himself, of each of us individually, and all of us collectively in our teaching."

The first recipient of the two-year William C. Oltman Professorship of Teaching Excellence is Mark A. Chinen.

"Professor Chinen strives to create a rigorous yet humane classroom experience, while also regularly publishing quality scholarship, generously serving the institution and the community, and doing so many other things – large and small – to advance the overall mission of the law school and the university," noted Dean Testy. "His commitment is evidenced not only by his teaching but also his availability to help students outside the classroom with their professional and personal development."

Professor Oltman came to the law school in 1974, shortly after its founding, and has taught property, trusts and estates, and community property. He is co-author, with Prof. Mark Reutlinger, of the leading treatise on wills and trusts under Washington law.

Since joining the faculty in 1996, Professor Chinen has taught contracts, international law, and international business transactions.