John Mitchell named Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

(June 2, 2010) Professor John Mitchell has been named the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence at Seattle University School of Law for the 2010-11 and 11-12 academic years. He will present a lecture to mark his installation during his first year in the professorship. 

John MitchellRaised in the Midwest, Professor Mitchell moved to the West Coast to attend Stanford Law School, from which he received his J.D. in 1970. A long-time member of the faculty, Professor Mitchell has taught courses in evidence, forensics, criminal law, criminal procedure and advocacy for the past two decades. He was also a member of the law school's clinical faculty for six years, the last two as director.

"John is one of our most respected and beloved faculty members," said Annette Clark, interim dean in announcing the appointment. "In addition to his excellent scholarship, he is a passionate and visionary teacher. John is an expert educator who continues to work every year on enhancing his already outstanding teaching. He cares deeply about his students, and they benefit from his broad experience and from his approachable nature and good humor."

Professor Mitchell is co-author of "Pretrial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy," "Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy" and "Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files." He has written extensively for professional journals on such topics as professional responsibility, learning and educational theory, training of lawyers, constitutional law, legal process, and criminal procedure.

The professorship was created to honor excellence in teaching and is named for Professor William C. Oltman, who retired in 2008 after 34 years  of outstanding teaching in the areas of property and trusts and estates. Professor Oltman demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence, demanding the best of himself, his students and his colleagues. He is also co-author of the leading treatise on wills and trusts under Washington law.

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