Sid DeLong named Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

May 09, 2012

Professor Sid DeLong has been named the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence at Seattle University School of Law for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

Professor Sid DeLong"Sid is an outstanding, demanding and beloved teacher, lending humor and expertise to his courses in Contracts, Commercial Law, Remedies, and Jurisprudence," Dean Mark C. Niles said.

DeLong joined the faculty in 1985. Before entering teaching, Professor DeLong practiced law in Denver, Colorado for 11 years. His practice was primarily complex, commercial litigation in state and federal court. He received his A.B. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974.

Professor DeLong has published articles in the Wisconsin Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Indiana Law Review, The San Diego Law Review and the University of Denver Law Review. His areas of published scholarship include contract theory, promissory estoppel, restitution, blackmail, and perjury, as well as a modest body of legal humor. He has received the annual Outstanding Faculty Award three times.

"Sid's teaching combines great precision and real passion," said Professor Jack Kirkwood, the associate dean for strategic planning and mission. "He's exceptionally thoughtful and careful, but as he explains a concept, he literally warms to the subject, driving his points home with wit and enthusiasm." 

DeLong will present a lecture to mark his installation during his first year in the professorship.

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.