Mark Chinen installed as William C. Oltman professor

Chinen installationProfessor Mark Chinen presented a lecture to mark his installation as the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence at Seattle University School of Law Oct. 29. His talk, "Teaching as a Form of Love," showed why he was chosen for the prestigious professorship. It is part of the law school's Influential Voices Lecture Series.

Professor Chinen drew on certain strands of philosophy and theology to discuss how teaching is in part about the mutual exploration of various subjects. In larger part it is an invitation to both teacher and student to be better integrated into the human community, an invitation to life and love.

Chinen earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and holds a M. Div. from Yale. Since joining Seattle University School of Law 1996, Professor Chinen has taught contracts, international law and international business transactions. His scholarly interests include international law, foreign relations law, Japanese law and jurisprudence.

Among his recent publications are the forthcoming "Matters of Preference: Tracing the Line between Citizens, Democratic States, and International Law"(with Lana Ellis), in Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems; "Secrecy and Democratic Decisions," Quinnipiac Law Review; "On Lawyers and Good Samaritans: A  Reflection," Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and "Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan and Procedural and Substantive Heuristics for Consensus," Michigan Journal of International Law.

Chinen was chosen for the professorship because of his dedication to excellent teaching. He creates a rigorous yet humane classroom experience, and is readily availability to help students outside the classroom with their professional and personal development.

Professor Oltman retired from the School of Law in 2009 after 35 years of outstanding teaching in the areas of property, trusts and estates. The School of Law established a professorship in his name to honor excellence in teaching. The professorship recognizes that the strength of the faculty depends on both scholarship and on classroom teaching.  Professor Oltman had an unwavering commitment to excellence, expecting the best of himself, his students and his colleagues. He is co-author of the leading treatise on wills and trusts under Washington law. Oltman was recognized at the lecture. Professor John Mitchell provided an introduction.

Other Influential Voices lectures planned for this year include:

Nov. 19

Janet Ainsworth's Installation as the John D. Eshelman Professor
"'English-Only' Policies in the Workplace: Linguistic Ideology in Action"

Feb. 18

University Professor Richard Delgado and Research Professor Jean Stefancic
"Empathy and False Empathy in Law and Politics."

March 25
Margaret Chon's Installation as the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice
"Global Intellectual Property Governance"

April 24
David Skover's Installation as Fredric C. Tausend Professor
"Mania: The Story of the Outrageous and Outraged Lives That Launched a Generation."

To view video of Professor Chinen's lecture, visit